Alex Murdaugh and his surviving son Buster have been accused of selling assets to hide their millions from the sons of their deceased housekeeper, the family of a boating accident victim and a survivor of the accident.
New court documents, filed last week by attorneys in three civil lawsuits against Mr Murdaugh, claim the powerful South Carolina lawyer is moving money between different accounts and selling property, stocks and a boat from $ 115,000 through his son.
Mr Murdaugh left all of his belongings to his son Buster in September, according to the documents.
The documents claim that since then Buster acted as an agent to “transfer, sell or otherwise manage the assets of Alex Murdaugh” before the multiple lawsuits were settled.
The motions ask the court to issue a temporary injunction to freeze the financial assets of Mr Murdaugh and Buster and to appoint two people as co-receivers to locate all assets and protect them.
The new motions mark the final troubles of Mr. Murdaugh, whose life has been dramatically unraveled in recent months.
Mr. Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and youngest son Paul were shot dead in a brutal double murder at the family’s hunting lodge in Islandton, South Carolina on June 7.
For the next four months, no arrests were made in this case and no charges were laid.
Three months after the deaths of his wife and son, Mr Murdaugh called 911 on September 4, claiming he was ambushed in a car shootout as he changed a tire on the edge of the road. ‘a road in Hampton County.
Mr. Murdaugh was shot in the head and taken to hospital with superficial injuries.
A day after the shooting, Mr Murdaugh entered rehab for 20-year-old opioid addiction and announced that he had resigned from his law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick (PMPED) .
Days later, his law firm partners accused him of embezzling millions of dollars from clients.
His version of events around the shooting also collapsed and he confessed to police that he paid a suspected hitman to kill him in an assisted suicide plot so Buster could get a life insurance deal of $ 10. millions of dollars.
Mr. Murdaugh and his alleged accomplice Curtis Smith have both been charged with the incident.
Mr. Murdaugh was released on bail on a promise to enter rehab for his opioid addiction.
He was later arrested after his release on October 14 for stealing funds from the wrongful death settlement for the alleged trip and fall death of family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield in 2018.
Mr Murdaugh is accused of embezzling $ 3.4 million from the $ 4 million settlement intended for Ms Satterfield’s sons at a bogus company called Forge.
He is currently behind bars and being held without bail in this case.
Lawsuits around the lawyer have also increased.
Ms Satterfield’s family sued Mr Murdaugh and some of his acquaintances for allegedly defrauding them of settlement money.
Law firm PMPED filed a complaint earlier this month over allegations that Mr Murdaugh has been stealing money from clients for years.
The Mallory Beach family also filed a civil action against the Murdaugh family for their death in 2019.
Ms Beach was 19 when she was killed in a boating accident in 2019 when Mr Murdaugh’s son Paul was reported to have driven drunk.
Paul was to be tried on charges of navigation under the influence and could face up to 25 years in prison. He was assassinated before his trial.
One of the six survivors of the crash – Connor Cook – sued Mr Murdaugh in September, saying he tried to blame Paul on him.
The three petitions filed last week were filed separately but simultaneously by the family of Ms Beach, the family of Ms Satterfield and Mr Cook.
In the documents, the plaintiffs fear the Murdaughs will move millions before a settlement of their lawsuits can be reached.
This could leave claimants in a position unable to access settlements.
In Mr. Cook’s petition, the documents indicate that Mr. Murdaugh gave Buster a power of attorney on September 16, giving him broad powers “to do all deeds and things whatsoever,” including “[t]o sell, assign, assign, pledge, mortgage and encumber … and generally manage, all property, both real and personal, which [Alex Murdaugh] can own or acquire in the future from any source ”.
That same day, Mr Murdaugh surrendered to authorities and appeared in court for his hearing into the alleged assisted suicide plot.
The petition claims that this ruling allows Buster to “transfer, sell or otherwise manage the assets of Alex Murdaugh in a manner which hijacks the assets of the plaintiff in this matter.”
Since then, Mr. Murdaugh, Buster or other attorney’s agents have transferred and sold assets, including several wealthy family properties, according to the filing.
On September 23, Buster reportedly acted as his father’s agent to execute a mortgage of $ 970,354,004 on a 42-acre property in Hampton and Colleton counties.
On October 1, Mr. Murdaugh’s shares in the 7,000-acre Green Swamp Club hunting club were sold, the documents show.
The motion also points to a recent listing of Mr. Murdaugh’s 2007 Grady White 306 powerboat for sale on www.boattrader.com for $ 115,000.
According to the motion, the Murdaughs also failed to pay property taxes on the family’s beach house in Edisto Beach, which could result in the property being auctioned.
About $ 6,000 in property taxes are due for 2020 and more than $ 7,000 for 2021 on the beach house, the motion says.
If the property is vacant and the back taxes are not paid by December 10, they will be auctioned, he said.
The motion also states that Buster was recently seen at the casino at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The motion highlights the series of criminal and civil allegations brought against Mr. Murdaugh of fraud and theft of money as evidence that he cannot be trusted.
He claims that “Alex Murdaugh has displayed an extraordinary pattern and practice of deception and fraud in the management of his assets and in his actions to misappropriate assets belonging to others.”
The motion cites accusations that he siphoned off Satterfield’s settlement money, stole his law firm and filed a false police report claiming he was shot so Buster could access his life insurance.
He also cites comments from Mr. Murdaugh’s attorney, Richard Harpootlian, during his September 16 bail hearing, saying the attorney was essentially “broke.”
Instead of being “broken,” the motion claims that he owns the 1,700-acre hunting lodge in Islandton where his wife and son were killed and inherited property from his wife and son as well as of his father Randolph Murdaugh III, who died on June 10.
The motion argues that its “model and practice” is to “defraud, deceive and cover up actions when money is involved”.
“There are good reasons to believe that Alex Murdaugh, on his own initiative and / or through and through his agents, representatives or agents, improperly transferred, sold, encumbered or otherwise disposed of assets in an inappropriate manner. , thus compromising the plaintiff’s ability to recover damages in this action, ”the motion states.
The independent has contacted Mr. Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, for comment on the new motions.
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