According to the affidavits released Saturday by the South Carolina Enforcement Division (SLED), “Mr. Murdaugh coordinated with (Gloria) Satterfield’s family to sue himself in order to seek an insurance settlement with the stated intent to give the proceeds to the Satterfield family to pay for funeral expenses and monetary compensation for Satterfield’s children.” Murdaugh deposited more than nearly $3 million into an account he owned, the affidavits said.
In an email to CNN, Bland disputed SLED’s statement.
“These were legitimate claims that were brought in connection with Gloria Satterfield’s death,” he wrote.
Satterfield died, he wrote, after Murdaugh’s four dogs tripped her, and her estate made an “appropriate negligence claim.”
“The claim was not fabricated and Alex appropriately referred them to an attorney,” he wrote. “The estate was unaware of the extremely close relationship though between (Cory) Fleming and Alex Mudaugh which was not fully disclosed.”
“He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from the efforts to solve their murders,” the statement said.
The investigation into Satterfield’s death follows months of legal and personal challenges for Murdaugh.
Murdaugh’s shooting came less than three months after he called authorities to report he found his wife and youngest son shot dead at their home.
The affidavits released Saturday describes what authorities say happened after Satterfield’s death. Murdaugh recommended an attorney to the family, and that attorney brokered insurance settlements of approximately $4.3 million, one affidavit said.
A settlement agreement stipulated that $2,765,000 was for the Satterfield family, the affidavit said.
“The Satterfield family were never notified of the settlement nor received any of the proceeds from them, and the settlement agreement was not properly filed in the court record,” the affidavit said.
Murdaugh directed the attorney to write a check to a bank account created and owned by Murdaugh titled “Forge,” in order “to deprive the Satterfield family of insurance settlements owed to them by converting the $2,961,911.95 to Mr. Murdaugh’s own use,” according to the affidavit. He had previously deposited $403,500 to the same account as part of a preliminary settlement agreement, according to a second affidavit.
While there is a legitimate company called Forge Consulting LLC that handles insurance settlements, it is not affiliated with the Satterfield settlement nor the “Forge” account owned by Murdaugh, the affidavit said.
“Mr. Murdaugh titled the account ‘Forge’ as a misrepresentation in order to conceal misappropriation of the funds in question,” the affidavit added.
After Murdaugh waived his extradition hearing on Friday, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Murdaugh’s bond hearing on a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses will take place Tuesday at the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia.
CNN’s Jason Hanna and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.
Alex Murdaugh coordinated with former housekeeper’s family to sue himself for insurance money and then took $3 million, affidavits say