The youngsters of the housekeeper that mysteriously died on the dwelling of disgraced South Carolina authorized scion Alex Murdaugh have recovered $4.3 million that he allegedly pilfered from them by suing himself to gather on private legal responsibility insurance coverage.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in 2018 after Murdaugh mentioned she tripped over his canines, in line with the now settled September lawsuit, the plaintiff’s lawyer mentioned. No post-mortem was ever carried out, and Hampton County authorities mentioned her dying was suspicious final month.
Murdaugh, 53, instructed her sons he would pay them $500,000 after suing himself, and referred them to his faculty roommate, lawyer Cory Fleming. The grownup youngsters by no means obtained a penny of the multi-million greenback settlement, legal professionals mentioned.
Fleming agreed to pay again all charges and bills his agency obtained from the $4.3 million recovered from the swimsuit to Satterfield’s household, in line with their lawyer Eric Bland.
“Mr. Fleming stepped forward and did the right thing by the Estate,” Bland wrote in a press launch Sunday. “Mr. Fleming and his law firm maintain, they — like others — were victims of Alex Murdaugh’s fraudulent scheme.”
Satterfield’s youngsters solely realized that the settlement had been paid out when reporters began wanting into Murdaugh’s son Paul’s arrest for a 2019 lethal drunk boating accident.
“At the end of 2020 our clients said, ‘Wait a minute. Mom’s claim settled for $505,000? We didn’t get any of that money,’” Bland instructed The Post final month.
In actuality, a number of insurers really paid out greater than eight instances that quantity to Fleming, in line with Bland.
Paul and his mother, Alex Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie, have been discovered shot to dying in June. The double-murder stays below investigation.
Murdaugh turned himself into police for all times insurance coverage fraud after allegedly hiring successful man to kill him so his surviving son might accumulate his $10 million coverage.
The would-be murderer missed his mark and left the distinguished lawyer with a graze wound to the top.
Murdaugh was launched on $20,000 bond final month to go to rehab for what his lawyer described as a “tremendous” opioid dependancy.