“Trust in our legal system begins with trust in its lawyers,” he said in a statement the same day. “South Carolinians turn to lawyers when they are at their most vulnerable, and in our state, those who abuse the public’s trust and enrich themselves by fraud, theft, and self-dealing will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Murdaugh’s lawyers, Jim Griffin and Richard “Dick” Harpootlian shared in their own statement that their client is fully cooperating with the federal investigation and “anticipate that the charges brought today will be quickly resolved without a trial.”
As part of a lawsuit accusing Murdaugh of life insurance fraud in Satterfield’s death, his lawyers revealed earlier this month that Murdaugh “invented the critical facts” surrounding her “trip and fall accident” in order to receive millions of dollars in the settlement. Nautilus Insurance Co. has since filed filed a suit alleging it was defrauded, per NBC News.
“No dogs were involved in the fall of Gloria Satterfield on February 2, 2018,” the attorney’s said in the legal filing. The filing added that after the housekeeper’s death, Alex ”invented Ms. Satterfield’s purported statement that dogs caused her to fall to force his insurers to make a settlement payment.”