Jailed one time South Carolina lawyer, Alex Murdaugh admits he lied in insurance claims to collect payout in the ‘accidental death’ of about his housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, in 2018
Murdaugh, in new court filing admits, “he invented the critical facts” about dogs tripping Satterfield and causing her to take a fatal tumble down the stairs of the family’home
He embezzled $3.8M in insurance payments meant for Satterfield’s sons, after he told them to sue him over their mother’s death on his property, claiming he had liability
He then informed the Satterfield’s estate that a settlement was never reached
In reality, he stole the payments without the knowledge of the deceased’s heirs, with the aid of an attorney he’d recommended to Satterfield’s estate
Murdaugh is serving two serving two life sentences for the murders of his wife and son, and staging his own assassination, to collect $10M insurance payout
Murdaugh admitted that he lied about the circumstances of his housekeeper’s death in order to show liability and get insurance payments, his lawyers said.
Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh made up a tale about his family dogs causing his housekeeper Gloria Satterfield’s February 2018 fatal fall, his lawyers wrote in response to a lawsuit centering on insurance fraud claims over her death.
The former South Carolina lawyer, now serving two life sentences for the murders of his wife and son, was was busted in October, 2021 for allegedly scamming millions of dollars from his late housekeeper’s family, officials told The Post.
The 53-year-old drug-addicted one time scion of a southern legal dynasty, “upon his release from a drug rehabilitation facility in Orlando,” at the time he was arrested on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses tied to the 2018 mysterious death of his longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.
Murdaugh has been accused of collecting almost $4 million in insurance, which was never transferred to Satterfield’s estate, her surviving sons, as intended.
Murdaugh, in a court document filed Monday, admitted “he invented the critical facts” about the dogs tripping Satterfield and causing her to take a fatal tumble down the stairs of the family’s South Carolina estate.
“No dogs were involved in the fall of Gloria Satterfield on February 2, 2018,” the legal filing states.
“After Ms. Satterfield’s death, [Murdaugh] invented Ms. Satterfield’s purported statement that dogs caused her to fall to force his insurers to make a settlement payment.”
Gloria Satterfield died in the hospital after she fell down the front stairs of the Murdaugh family’s home on Feb. 2, 2018.
The employer with the connivance of an attorney he recommended to Satterfield’s heirs, Murdaugh embezzled $3.8 million in insurance payments meant for Satterfield’s sons after he told them to sue him over their mother’s death on his property, claiming he had liability.
In perpetrating the scam he allegedly, told the grieving children that a settlement was never reached when, in reality, he stole the payments without their knowledge.
In May 2022, Nautilus Insurance sued Murdaugh and alleged co-conspirator and ex-attorney Cory Fleming for the fraud, alleging the duo had lied about the circumstances surrounding Satterfield’s death in order to prove liability qualifying for a payout.
Murdaugh was convicted of the 2021 murders of his wife, Maggie, and son Paul, the only witnesses to Satterfield’s death.
In the Monday’s court filing, Murdaugh’s legal team claimed he acted alone without any co-conspirators including Fleming
While stating that Satterfield’s sons had no knowledge of the alleged insurance fraud, Murdaugh’s lawyers said that the Nautilus recovery should be filed after the Satterfield children and estate for recovery of lost money if the insurance claims were fraudulent in the first place.
“If Nautilus never should have made any payment to the Satterfield estate and only attempted to do so because it was the victim of fraud, then the parties in possession of a recovery of the money allegedly stolen from Nautilus are necessary parties to an action by Nautilus…,” the filing states.
The family was awarded more than $7.5 million over the payments that were stolen by Murdaugh.
Murdaugh advised Satterfield’s sons to sue him over their mother’s death and then pocketed the money won himself
Dog kennels at the Moselle property where he killed his wife and younger son for which he was convicted and is now serving two life sentences
The ‘accident’ that led to the death of Gloria Satterfield happened in the main house [photo], at the Murdaugh property in Islandton, SC
The attorney for Satterfield’s estate questioned when the convicted killer became worthy of trust in response to the filing.
“Seems there is buzz because liar Alex now says he allegedly made up the story that Gloria Satterfield didn’t fall down Moselle stairs by his dogs,” attorney Eric Bland tweeted.
“Since when did Alex become the modicum of honesty and credibility.”
Bland also noted that the $7.5 million his clients were awarded didn’t come from Nautilus’ coffers.
“Additionally, we recovered money for our clients from parties other than Nautilus for breaches of their duties to our clients and other claims,” he said.
“Technically the money that Nautilus paid never came to our clients.”
Murdaugh advised Satterfield’s sons to sue him over their mother’s death and then pocketed the money won himself.