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Alex Murdaugh to Be Sentenced for Federal Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Financial institution Fraud, & Cash Laundering

Alex Murdaugh, the previous head of the S.C. Trial Legal professionals, who brutally killed his spouse and son now faces new sentencing.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, 55, of Hampton, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court docket on 22 expenses together with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and financial institution fraud; financial institution fraud; wire fraud; and cash laundering. Murdaugh pleaded responsible in September 2023.

United States District Choose Richard M. Gergel will impose the sentence.

WHEN:        Monday, April 1, 2024, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:      United States District Courthouse

The listening to shall be held in Courtroom 3 and Courtroom 1 will function overflow house

                        83 Assembly Avenue

                        Charleston, South Carolina

Murdaugh pleaded responsible in federal court docket to all 22 expenses pending in opposition to him, together with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and financial institution fraud; financial institution fraud; wire fraud; and cash laundering. 

Alex Murdaugh’s monetary crimes had been in depth, brazen, and callous,” mentioned U.S. Legal professional Adair F. Boroughs. “He stole indiscriminately from his shoppers, from his regulation agency, and from others who trusted him. The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, the FBI, and SLED dedicated to investigating and prosecuting Murdaugh’s monetary crimes after they first got here to gentle. In the present day marks our achievement of that promise.”

Murdaugh was a private harm legal professional at a regulation agency in Hampton, South Carolina.  He admitted to partaking in three totally different schemes to acquire cash and property from his private harm shoppers.

In a single scheme, Murdaugh admitted that from in or round July 2011 till no less than October 2021, Murdaugh conspired together with his banker, Russell Laffitte, to commit wire fraud and financial institution fraud. Murdaugh requested Laffitte to function private consultant or conservator for quite a few private harm shoppers. Laffitte collected lots of of hundreds of {dollars} in charges as private consultant or conservator for Murdaugh’s private harm shoppers. 

As a part of the scheme, Murdaugh directed regulation agency workers to make settlement checks payable to “Palmetto State Financial institution.” The checks had been drawn on Murdaugh’s regulation agency’s belief account and recognized the private harm shoppers on the memo traces. Murdaugh then had the checks delivered to Laffitte, who distributed the checks for Murdaugh’s profit, together with to repay private loans and for private bills and money withdrawals. Murdaugh pleaded responsible to at least one depend of conspiracy to commit wire and financial institution fraud, one depend of financial institution fraud, and two counts of wire fraud related to this scheme. 

In November 2022, Laffitte was convicted on six federal expenses for conspiracy to commit wire and financial institution fraud, financial institution fraud, wire fraud, and misapplication of financial institution funds for his position on this scheme. In August 2023, Laffitte was sentenced to 7 years in federal jail.

In a second scheme, from no less than September 2005 till no less than September 2021, Murdaugh obtained cash from his shoppers and his regulation agency by the use of false pretenses. As a part of the scheme, he routed and redirected shoppers’ settlement funds to personally enrich himself, together with by:

  • Drafting, or directing regulation agency workers to draft, disbursement sheets to ship settlement funds to Murdaugh’s financial institution accounts with out correct disclosure or consumer or regulation agency approval;
  • Claiming funds held within the regulation agency’s belief account as legal professional’s charges and directing the disbursement of these funds for his profit;
  • Claiming and amassing legal professional’s charges on faux or nonexistent annuities;
  • Creating fraudulent “bills” that had been by no means incurred on consumer issues and directing the disbursement of settlement funds to pay the cited prices, together with claimed medical bills, development bills, and airline bills;
  • Directing different attorneys with whom he was related on consumer issues to disburse legal professional’s charges on to him, quite than appropriately routing the charges by means of the regulation agency; and
  • Intercepting insurance coverage proceeds meant for beneficiaries and depositing them instantly into his private account.

Murdaugh admitted that in September 2015, he created a checking account within the title of “Forge,” presenting as a respectable company for structuring insurance coverage settlements. Murdaugh was the proprietor of and the one approved signer on this “faux Forge” account. From in or round Might 2017 by means of no less than July 2021, Murdaugh funneled stolen private harm settlements by means of the “faux Forge” account. Murdaugh pleaded responsible to 3 counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of cash laundering referring to the theft of consumer cash utilizing the “faux Forge” account.

Lastly, Murdaugh admitted that, from in or round February 2018 till no less than October 2020, Murdaugh conspired with Beaufort private harm legal professional Cory Fleming to defraud the property of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper and Murdaugh’s house owner’s insurance coverage carriers. In February 2018, Murdaugh’s housekeeper handed away after a fall at Murdaugh’s dwelling. Murdaugh really useful that the housekeeper’s property rent Fleming to symbolize them and file a declare in opposition to Murdaugh to gather from his house owner’s insurance coverage insurance policies. 

Murdaugh’s insurance coverage corporations settled the property’s declare for $505,000 and $3,800,000. Murdaugh admitted that he directed Fleming to retain lots of of hundreds of {dollars} in settlement funds for their very own private profit, representing these funds as “prosecution bills” to the state court docket.  Murdaugh and Fleming knew the funds didn’t belong to them and that there have been no respectable prosecution bills. Murdaugh and Fleming lowered Fleming’s legal professional’s charges, and Murdaugh knew he would steal the extra funds. 

Murdaugh directed Fleming to draft three checks totaling $3,483,431.95 made payable to “Forge.” Murdaugh then deposited the checks into his “faux Forge” account and used the funds for his personal private enrichment. The property didn’t obtain any of the settlement funds. Murdaugh pleaded responsible to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his position on this scheme.

Fleming pleaded responsible to a conspiracy cost for his position on this scheme. In August 2023, he was sentenced to 46 months in federal jail.

As a part of his responsible plea, Alex Murdaugh agreed to waive his attraction and post-conviction rights, with slender exceptions. He has additionally agreed to be absolutely truthful with federal, state, and native regulation enforcement businesses. Offered Murdaugh absolutely complies with the plea settlement, the Authorities has agreed—according to the advice of america Sentencing Pointers—to advocate that Murdaugh’s federal jail sentence run concurrent to any state sentence imposed for a similar conduct.

Alex Murdaugh faces the next penalties:

  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and financial institution fraud is punishable by as much as 30 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $1,000,000;
  • Financial institution fraud is punishable by as much as 30 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $1,000,000;
  • Two counts of wire fraud are punishable by as much as 30 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $1,000,000;
  • Three counts of wire fraud are punishable by as much as 20 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $250,000;
  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud is punishable by as much as 20 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $1,000,000; and
  • Cash laundering is punishable by as much as 20 years in jail and a advantageous of as much as $500,000.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Carolina Legislation Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Limehouse, Kathleen Stoughton, and Winston Holliday are prosecuting the case. 

The case in opposition to Murdaugh is No. 9:23-cr-396 (D.S.C.).  The case in opposition to Laffitte is No. 9:22-cr-658 (D.S.C.).  The case in opposition to Fleming is No. 9:23-cr-394 (D.S.C.).