Alex Murdaugh Issued 23 New Charges, Including Stealing Money From Quadriplegic Man

Once-prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh is facing 23 new charges, including stealing money from a quadriplegic man and his family.

Murdaugh, 53, who has been in prison since October, now faces 71 charges.

The new indictment focuses on how Murdaugh handled the aftermath of a 2009 wreck that left the victim, Hakeem Pinckney, a quadriplegic, the Associated Press reported. Pinckney, who was deaf, died in 2011 due to his injuries.

The charges alleged that Murdaugh took a $309,000 check and bought money orders to cover the theft of money taken from other clients. He also used the money to pay down a loan and get cash for himself and an unnamed family member.

Upon Pinckney's death, his family received an $89,000 settlement check. However, prosecutors allege that Murdaugh deposited the check for himself without telling the family.

Justin Bamberg, the Pinckney family attorney, said the transactions are complex and hard to follow and there is a possibility more money was stolen. Pinckney is Black and most the people Murdaugh stole from were like him, minorities and not well off, AP reported.

"Alex gave them just enough money so they would drop on their knees and say 'thank you Jesus' and took the rest," he said.

Bamberg went on to say that those who played other roles in Murdaugh's schemes should face criminal responsibility as well.

"We are coming for your pockets," Bamberg said. "We're going to get all the money these people were supposed to get."

If convicted on all charges, Murdaugh faces more than 500 years in prison, NPR reported.

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Once-prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh is facing 23 new charges, including stealing money from a quadriplegic man and his family, bringing the total lodged against him to 71. Spencer Platt/Getty Images