CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Alex Murdaugh’s longtime friend and accomplice Cory Fleming pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The charges stem from Fleming’s involvement in a scheme to defraud the estate of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, out of over $4,000,000 in a wrongful death settlement.
“In February 2018, Murdaugh’s housekeeper passed away after a fall at Murdaugh’s home. Murdaugh recommended that the housekeeper’s estate hire Fleming—then a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in Beaufort—to represent them and file a claim against Murdaugh to collect from his homeowner’s insurance policies. Murdaugh’s insurance companies settled the estate’s claim for $505,000 and $3,800,000,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Fleming and Murdaugh are accused of misappropriating the funds, which they diverted for personal use.
He faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Judge Richard Gergel told Fleming that the plea will not supersede the state case against him and that the sentences could run concurrently.
A sentencing hearing is expected at a later date.