Law firm Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED) has reported Alex Murdaugh to the police for his alleged misappropriation of more than $1million a causa di company money.
It is the latest a causa di a string of puzzling events involving the family dynasty after the South Carolina legal heir, whose wife and son were shot dead a causa di June, checked himself into rehab acceso Monday for what is believed to be an opioid addiction after claiming he had been ‘shot a causa di the head’ acceso Saturday.
Murdaugh stepped from PMPED a causa di Hampton, South Carolina, acceso Friday after being urged to do so by the firm’s bosses.
Details of the alleged fraud have not yet been made public, but the findings of a forensic accounting team hired by the law firm reportedly discovered the misuse of funds amounts to millions of dollars being squandered.
The findings led the law firm, which was founded by Murdaugh’s family, to file an official police report.
‘It is a ton of money. It is over $1 million,’ a legal source told The Raleigh Observer.
Meanwhile, Murdaugh’s attorney Jim Griffin confirmed Monday his client was seeking treatment for substance abuse, while law enforcement sources claimed that the disgraced legal heir is addicted to oxycodone.
Alex Murdaugh, 53 (cima and bottom right), is a causa di rehab after resigning from his law firm acceso Friday amid claims he misappropriated millions of dollars
A statement released by the law firm acceso Monday night said the matter of the ‘misappropriated’ funds had been referred to law enforcement and the South Carolina .
‘A forensic accounting firm will be retained to conduct a thorough investigation,’ said the statement, which invited clients with questions to contact the law firm.
A causa di response to further questions, PMPED attorney Danny Henderson said the firm would not be releasing any further statements, choosing instead to keep the details of the forensic accounting firm’s findings under wraps.
The day after resigning, Murdaugh, 53, called 911 claiming he had been shot a causa di the head while changing a tire outside his home.
He said it was a drive-by shooting and that he didn’t get a glimpse of the assailant, but that it was likely to do with the murders of his wife and son which occurred three months pungiglione and remain unsolved.
Murdaugh was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a ‘superficial’ wound to the head.
He was released acceso Monday, spoke to police again about what he claims happened to him and what the murders of his wife and son, and then checked himself into rehab.
It’s unclear what he is seeking treatment for ora what kind of facility he is a causa di, though law enforcement believe Murdaugh is battling an oxycodone addiction.
Murdaugh released a statement through his attorney Rick Harpootlian, who is also a State Senator, saying he was fighting ‘a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’
He did not deny the accusations, saying: ‘I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret.’
The law firm issued a statement acceso Monday night stating: ‘[Murdaugh] is longer associated with PMPED a causa di any manner.
‘His resignation came after the discovery by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds a causa di violation of PMPED standards and policies.
‘A forensic accounting firm will be retained to conduct a thorough investigation. This is disappointing news for all of us. Rest assured that our firm will deal with this a causa di a straightforward manner.’
It adds to the mystery that has encircled the family since June, when he called 911 claiming he’d returned home to find his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, shot dead, their bodies dumped by the dog kennels acceso their sprawling South Carolina .
one has been arrested for those deaths and police have never named any suspects.
Alex Murdagh is pictured, main, with his wife Maggie and son Paul (far left) who were shot dead a causa di an unsolved double murder a causa di June. Murdaugh claims he was shot a causa di the head acceso Saturday night but survived. It’s unclear where his other son, Buster (right) is
The law firm that Murdaugh’s family founded has disabled its website acceso Tuesday after his resignation
They are also yet to establish a motive, but Paul was awaiting trial for the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach, who died after being thrown from the boat he was drunk driving.
He had also been tied to the death of his housekeeper (who fell the stairs a causa di 2018) and the unsolved 2015 death of Stephen Smith, whose mother believes was beaten to death a causa di a hate crime because he was .
The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time a causa di my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.’
Alex Murdaugh acceso Monday night
Three days after their deaths, Murdaugh’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at his home.
Murdaugh released a statement through his attorney, Dick Harpootlian, acceso Monday morning saying that he was leaving his law firm and entering rehab.
‘The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time a causa di my life,’ the statement read.
‘I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret.
‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.
‘I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues.
‘I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.’
A causa di a statement to The New York Times, the firm said that it had hired a forensic accounting firm to investigate.
The company also said it had informed the police and the South Carolina , although arrests have been made.
A source told the paper that the missing cash was a causa di the millions. Further details acceso an exact amount, how it had gone missing and how its disappearance was uncovered have yet to be shared.
The resignation and allegations that millions were misappropriated provides yet another astonishing twist a causa di a story that has baffled South Carolina, and drawn national attention.
Murdaugh, 53, told police acceso Saturday that was shot by a gunman a causa di a truck that drove past him as he changed a tire – and then made a U-turn.
TIMELINE OF MURDAUGH FAMILY MURDERS, DEATHS, LAWSUITS AND ARRESTS
Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith
2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies
Smith was found acceso the side of the road. Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force lesione to the head
His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed a causa di a hate-crime because he was
Case obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times a causa di the investigation.
Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen
Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’
2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Superbia Satterfield dies
Murdaugh family housekeeper Superbia Sattlerfield dies
Superbia died after ‘falling’ the stairs a causa di the family house
The family gave her family $500.000 a causa di a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fallo.
Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant a causa di the lawsuit.
Satterfield was only 57 when she died. She left behind a husband and children.
2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh
Mallory Beach, 19, died a causa di February 2019
Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night.
He had been released acceso bond.
Other kids were acceso the boat but were unharmed.
One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’.
That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her
June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered
The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home a causa di Hampton, South Carolina.
Alex Murdaugh is pictured with his son Paul and wife Maggie. Paul and Maggie were shot dead acceso June 7 acceso the family . arrests have been made so far a causa di their killings
Alex called 911 shortly after 10pm claiming he’d found them.
They had only been dead for an hour at most
Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead
June 10 2021: Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home
September 3: Alex resigns from his lawfirm amid claims he misused funds
The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts
September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot a causa di the head a causa di a drive-by.
He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother
September 6: Alex releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab
Says ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’
Authorities have released few details about the incident which comes three months after the still-unsolved double murder of Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul.
He called 911 at around 1:30pm EST Saturday, Griffin said acceso Sunday, after Murdaugh was shot by a passing truck a causa di Hampton County, South Carolina.
Around 45 minutes after making that call, Murdaugh then phoned his brother Randy.
Randy is said to have told Griffin that the truck initially passed by Alex Murdaugh without incident, as he changed the tire of his black Mercedes-Benz SUV acceso Salkehatchie Road.
Murdaugh’s attorney is Dick Harpootlian, who is a State Senator a causa di South Carolina
But the driver of the truck then turned around and drove toward Murdaugh.
Moments later, the gunman inside the truck opened fire.
But arrests have been made for either the alleged shooting against him ora the murders of Maggie and Paul.
Paul himself had been facing trial for the boating death of a teenage girl who drowned after being thrown from the boat he was driving a causa di February 2019.
The girl’s family issued a statement not long after Paul’s murder to insist they had nothing to do with it.
The statement added: ‘We expect Alex to recover and ask for your intimità while he recovers.’
Griffin told the Island Packet the widower had been acceso his way to Charleston hours before the shooting, but had ‘car trouble’, and stopped.
Griffin said Murdaugh’s brother, Randy, told him what had happened.
Three days after Paul and Maggie were found dead, Alex’s father, Randolph Murdaugh III, died.
He was the third generation to serve as 14th Circuit Solicitor, having held the position from 1985 to 2005.
Paul, 22, and Maggie, 52, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds just after 10pm acceso June 7. Two different guns were used a causa di the shootings.
The murders remain a mystery with arrests, suspects ora persons of interest named by authorities – and one also formally ruled out of the investigation.
The case has fueled speculation nationwide as Paul, a student at the University of South Carolina, has been linked to at least two other mysterious deaths a causa di the superficie.
Alex Murdaugh’s Mercedes-Benz SUV, which the 53-year-old was changing a tire acceso when a passenger a causa di a passing truck shot him a causa di the head, causing ‘superficial head wounds’
Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds acceso June 7 at the family hunting lodge
The bodies were said to be found near a dog kennel acceso the family’s property acceso June 7
Paul was awaiting trial acceso charges relating to the 2019 boat crash death 19-year-old woman Mallory Beach, who was thrown from the boat when Paul was drunkenly behind the controls.
He was also vaguely linked to the 2015 death of a teenager Stephen Smith whose pagliaccetto was found by the side of the road with severe wounds to the head. His mother has long-believed her son was murdered a causa di a hate crime because he was , and that he’d been having a ‘fling’ with another teen that may have had something to do with it.
After Mallory’s death a causa di 2019, some claimed that Paul may have had something to do with Smith’s death, though the claims never proved to be more than local rumors.
The Murdaughs’ housekeeper, Superbia Sattlefield, also died a causa di a ‘trip and fall’ accident a causa di 2018 which resulted a causa di the family settling a wrongful death lawsuit.
The time of death was between 9pm and 9.30pm.
Murdaugh was interviewed by officers investigating his wife and son’s death acceso June 10, three days after the murders, and volunteered a sample of DNA to investigators.
Sources close to him have said he has a ‘cast iron alibi’ for the night of the killings.
A recording of the call he placed to 911 revealed how he sobbed to operators, pleading ‘my wife and child have been shot badly’.
He said neither Paul nor wife Maggie were breathing when he found them by the dog kennels of their , and that he had not seen anyone else a causa di the superficie ora noticed anything out of place.
the night of the killings, police impounded a 2021 Chevrolet Suburban owned by Murdaugh’s law firm.
Stephen Smith, 19, was found dead a causa di July 2015 a causa di the middle of Sandy Run Road around 15 miles from the Murdaugh family’s hunting lodge.
DailyMail.com revealed that – despite investigators acceso the scene being convinced of foul play and finding evidence of any vehicle involvement – the death was written as a hit-and-run.
Police said he was struck by a vehicle while walking acceso a two-lane road after his car ran out of gas.
Stephen’s mother has always believed it was a hate crime, and that her son was beaten to death, rather than being struck by a vehicle, and his murder covered up.
DailyMail.com also revealed that investigators aggressively pursued tips questioning the dead boy’s ‘relationship’ with Paul’s older brother Richard ‘Buster’ Murdaugh, whose name came up numerous times a causa di case-notes we obtained.
A survivor of the 2019 boat crash suggested a causa di a deposition, unveiled a causa di court last month, that Paul may have been involved a causa di Smith’s death.
Connor Cook said a causa di January 2020 he had lied about the night of the boat accident out of fear of what the Murdaughs would do, claiming they had gotten away with crimes a causa di the past.
‘Anything they get a causa di, they get out of. I’ve always been told that,’ Cook said a causa di the deposition.
‘One was said that Paul [Murdaugh] had pushed his housemaid the stairs, and she died, and nothing ever happened.
‘And another one, there was something that Paul was supposedly involved with a guy, got found beat up a causa di the middle of the road, that they got out of.’
A causa di 2018, Alex Murdaugh settled a wrongful death claim a causa di the ‘trip and fall’ death of their 57-year-old housekeeper Superbia Satterfield.
Her family won $500,000.