State grand jury releases slew of new indictments against Alex Murdaugh


COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD/WSAV) — A South Carolina grand jury has returned a series of indictments against suspended and disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh.

The four indictments consist of 23 new charges against Murdaugh, including 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and three counts of computer crimes.

The four new alleged victims from Hampton and Allendale County include a deaf man who was paralyzed in an accident.
The total from that round that prosecutors say he took for himself and his family is more than $2.2 million.

Hakeem Pinckney was a student at the South Carolina School for the Deaf in 2009 when he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed.
Pinckney died in 2011, the same year a grand jury found Alex Murdaugh stole nearly $1 million from his family.

The South Carolina attorney general’s office says Murdaugh allegedly wrote checks to himself and his front company “Forge,” and even a check for $101,000 to Bank of America to pay his massive credit card bill. credit.

In Pinckney’s case, court documents show Murdaugh was his attorney, suing the Michelin North America Tire Company, the maker of the tire that may have caused the crash that crippled him. Court documents say that case was settled in 2012, but Pinckney and his family never saw a dime.

Murdaugh was first indicted by the South Carolina grand jury in November and December on a total of 48 counts, including breach of trust with fraudulent intent, obtaining property under false pretences, money laundering, computer crimes and counterfeiting.

For this set of indictments, Murdaugh faces 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and 4 counts of computer crime.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest indictments handed down this month:

In January’s first new indictment, set in Allendale County, Murdaugh is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, worth $10,000 or more (3 counts); and computer crime, value of $10,000 or more (2 counts). Breach of trust with fraudulent intent, valued at $10,000 or more is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine at the discretion of the court. Computer crime, valued at $10,000 or more is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. The indictments stem from an alleged scheme to defraud victims of $583,056.14.

In January’s second new indictment, filed in Allendale County, Murdaugh was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000 (14 counts of charge) and computer crime, value of $10,000 or more (1 count). The indictments stem from an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $1,325,000.00.

In January’s third new indictment, set in Hampton County, Murdaugh was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, valued at $10,000 or more (2 counts); and computer crime, value of $10,000 or more (1 count). The indictments stem from an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $350,245.08.

In January’s fourth new indictment, set in Hampton County, Murdaugh was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value of $10,000 or more (2 counts); and computer crime, value of $10,000 or more (2 counts). The indictments stem from an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $398,714.90.

“In total, Murdaugh is charged in the new state grand jury indictments from January with respect to the alleged schemes to defraud victims of $2,657,016.12,” according to Wilson. “When combined with the state grand jury indictments from November and December 2021, the alleged total is $8,875,944.45.”

Wilson said the state grand jury investigation was conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and other agencies.

Murdaugh has been at the center of numerous investigations, including the mystery involving the deaths of his wife and son, a failed suicide attempt and the taking of settlement money from the family of a deceased longtime housekeeper. in a slip-and-fall accident at their Colleton County home.

He was indicted by a Colleton County grand jury for the scheme to kill himself and defraud an insurance company.

He then received two Beaufort County arrest warrants for “obtaining goods by false pretences.” Murdaugh was seeking treatment at a facility in Florida at the time. He was flown back to South Carolina and remains in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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