Alex Murdaugh Charged With Stealing $4M Insurance Payout From Housekeeper's Children

South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was charged Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $4 million in insurance payouts from the children of his longtime housekeeper, who died in 2018, the Associated Press reported.

Murdaugh was arrested at a drug facility in Florida, where his lawyers said that he was recovering for the past six weeks after claiming that he was shot in the head on a road by his home.

Murdaugh was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

The Murdaugh family said that Gloria Satterfield, who was Murdaugh's housekeeper for decades, died weeks after she tripped over their dog, causing lasting injuries that led to her eventual passing. The Hampton County coroner said her death was never reported and asked state police why she was never asked to assess a supposed accidental death, the AP reported.

A lawsuit filed by Satterfield's sons alleged that Murdaugh told the children at her funeral that he would obtain insurance settlements for her death in order to care for them. Murdaugh was able to receive more than $4 million in insurance payouts, but told Satterfield's children that he had only received $500,000, according to the lawsuit. They said that they weren't even sent any of the lesser amount.

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Alex Murdaugh Charged
Alex Murdaugh was charged Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $4 million in insurance payouts from the children of his longtime housekeeper, who died in 2018. Murdaugh walks into his bond hearing Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Varnville, South Carolina. Mic Smith/AP Photo

Murdaugh is being held at the Orange County jail in Florida to await extradition, investigators said. His lawyers promised at a bond hearing on different charges last month that Murdaugh would return to South Carolina without a fight if charged with additional crimes.

The deaths of Murdaugh's son and wife at their Colleton County home in June remain unsolved. Murdaugh said he found Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul, 22, shot to death after he returned home from visiting his father in the hospital, according to authorities.

State police have six investigations into Murdaugh, including the deaths and September charges against Murdaugh on insurance fraud and other counts for trying to arrange his own death so his surviving son could collect on a $10 million life insurance policy.

Murdaugh said his head was grazed by a bullet in the attempt. The man charged with firing at Murdaugh said the gun went off as he tried to prevent his friend from shooting himself.

The Thursday arrest is just another step in the long process for justice in all of the investigations, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said in a statement.

"As I have said previously, we are committed to following the facts wherever they may lead us and we will not stop until justice is served," Keel said.

Alex Murdaugh Arrested on Felony Charges
Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug facility in Florida, where his lawyers said that he was recovering for the past six weeks after claiming that he was shot in the head on a road by his home. Murdaugh sits during his bond hearing Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Varnville, South Carolina. Mic Smith/AP Photo