Alex Murdaugh’s longtime friend sentenced to prison in fraud of housekeeper’s estate, officials say

I’LL MAP IT OUT FOR YOU. KIM CONVICTED KILLER ALEC MURDOCK ADMITS THAT HE LIED ABOUT CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF HIS FORMER HOUSEKEEPER, GLORIA SATTERFIELD DIED IN 2018 AFTER FALLING AT THE FAMILY’S MOSUL PROPERTY. OUR TAGGART HOUCK IS FOLLOWING THIS. HE JOINS US LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM. AND TAG, WHY IS HE ADMITTING THIS NOW? WELL, THIS WASN’T NECESSARILY A VOLUNTARY ADMISSION. HE HE ADMITTED THIS IN RESPONSE TO A FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED SEEKING NEARLY. $4 MILLION. ALEC MURDOCK NOW SAYS HE LIED ABOUT GLORIA SATTERFIELD 2018 DEATH, CLAIMING HE INVENTED PARTS OF THE CASE AND THAT NO DOGS WERE INVOLVED WHEN SHE FELL DOWN THE FRONT STEPS AT MOSLEY. IT’S MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HE TOLD INSURANCE ADJUSTER BRIAN MCGOWAN WHEN YOU WERE TALKING WITH GLORIA BEFORE SHE WAS TAKEN AWAY, DID SHE DID SHE DESCRIBE THE CHAIN OF EVENTS IN ANY WAY TO YOU? OBVIOUSLY, SHE WAS SHE WAS OUT OF IT. SHE INDICATED THAT THE DOGS HAD CAUSED HER TO FALL. HIS NEW ADMISSION COMES FROM A COURT FILING THIS MONTH IN RESPONSE TO A LAWSUIT FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY WHICH AWARDED NEARLY $4 MILLION AFTER HER DEATH. MURDOCK’S LAWYERS ALSO SUGGESTED THE SATTERFIELD FAMILY BE ADDED TO THE LAWSUIT. THE CONTINUED ATTACKS ON THE SATTERFIELD CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE IGNORED. HER FAMILY’S ATTORNEYS DON’T BUY IT. IT’S JUST MORE SPIN BY HIM. HE DOESN’T TELL YOU WHERE THE MONEY WENT. THE 3.8 MILLION. HE DOESN’T TELL YOU HOW GLORIA DIED. IT’S JUST ALMOST JUST A PERVERSION OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO SUGGEST THAT SADDAM FAMILY BE VICTIMIZED AGAIN AND MURDOCH IS SERVING CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES AFTER BEING CONVICTED EARLIER THIS YEAR OF KILLING HIS WIFE

Alex Murdaugh’s longtime friend sentenced to prison in fraud of housekeeper’s estate, officials say

The longtime friend and college roommate of Alex Murdaugh will spend almost four years in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.(Above video was published in May 2023.)Cory H. Fleming, 54, of Beaufort, was sentenced to nearly 46 months, or three years and 10 months, in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted Fleming’s guilty plea and imposed the sentence, to followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. As part of the sentence, Fleming agreed to pay $102,221.90 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.Fleming admitted that from in or around March 2018 until at least October 2020, he conspired with former personal injury attorney Murdaugh to defraud the estate of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper and to obtain money and property from the estate by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, officials said.The conspiracy began in February 2018 when Murdaugh’s housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, died after a fall at Murdaugh’s home. (Video below from Nov. 30, 2021, is when SLED released the recording of the 911 call reporting Satterfield’s fall.)Officials said Murdaugh recommended that the housekeeper’s estate hire Fleming — then a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in Beaufort — to represent them and file a claim against Murdaugh to collect from his homeowner’s insurance policies. Murdaugh’s insurance companies settled the estate’s claim for $505,000 and $3,800,000. Officials said Fleming also admitted that, as part of the scheme, Murdaugh and Fleming conspired to siphon settlement funds, disguised as “prosecution expenses,” for their own personal enrichment. Fleming directed the drafting of checks from the settlement funds held in his trust account to his personal bank account, fraudulently claiming that the funds were to pay for “expenses” related to the estate’s claim against Murdaugh. Fleming knew the funds belonged to the estate, and the payments were not for legitimate legal expenses.(Below video is from Sept. 15, 2021.)In addition to the scheme Fleming admitted to in his guilty plea, Fleming was held responsible at sentencing for the theft of settlement funds from a client whose son died after being rendered a quadriplegic in a car accident, officials said. Specifically, Fleming used $8,528.46 of the estate’s funds to issue two checks to pay for a private plane to attend the College World Series, and he wrote a $4,560 check from the estate’s trust account directly to Murdaugh, claiming the funds were legitimate expenses. Finally, Fleming used $89,133.44 remaining in the trust account to issue a check for Murdaugh’s benefit rather than properly disbursing the funds to the estate.”Cory Fleming was trusted by clients who had suffered tragic losses, and he abused that trust for his own personal gain,” U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs said. “His theft of their settlement funds undermines the public’s confidence in our legal system, and we appreciate the partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in holding him accountable.””This sentence sends a clear message that fraudulent financial activities will not be tolerated, and those who attempt to exploit innocent victims to line their own pockets will face severe consequences,” Steve Jensen, the special agent in charge of the FBI Columbia Field Office, said. “The FBI remains dedicated to upholding the law and protecting the interests of those who rely on transparent and honest transactions.”

CHARLESTON, S.C. —

The longtime friend and college roommate of Alex Murdaugh will spend almost four years in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

(Above video was published in May 2023.)

Cory H. Fleming, 54, of Beaufort, was sentenced to nearly 46 months, or three years and 10 months, in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted Fleming’s guilty plea and imposed the sentence, to followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision.

As part of the sentence, Fleming agreed to pay $102,221.90 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

Fleming admitted that from in or around March 2018 until at least October 2020, he conspired with former personal injury attorney Murdaugh to defraud the estate of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper and to obtain money and property from the estate by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, officials said.

The conspiracy began in February 2018 when Murdaugh’s housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, died after a fall at Murdaugh’s home.

(Video below from Nov. 30, 2021, is when SLED released the recording of the 911 call reporting Satterfield’s fall.)

Officials said Murdaugh recommended that the housekeeper’s estate hire Fleming — then a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in Beaufort — to represent them and file a claim against Murdaugh to collect from his homeowner’s insurance policies.

Murdaugh’s insurance companies settled the estate’s claim for $505,000 and $3,800,000.

Officials said Fleming also admitted that, as part of the scheme, Murdaugh and Fleming conspired to siphon settlement funds, disguised as “prosecution expenses,” for their own personal enrichment. Fleming directed the drafting of checks from the settlement funds held in his trust account to his personal bank account, fraudulently claiming that the funds were to pay for “expenses” related to the estate’s claim against Murdaugh. Fleming knew the funds belonged to the estate, and the payments were not for legitimate legal expenses.

(Below video is from Sept. 15, 2021.)

In addition to the scheme Fleming admitted to in his guilty plea, Fleming was held responsible at sentencing for the theft of settlement funds from a client whose son died after being rendered a quadriplegic in a car accident, officials said. Specifically, Fleming used $8,528.46 of the estate’s funds to issue two checks to pay for a private plane to attend the College World Series, and he wrote a $4,560 check from the estate’s trust account directly to Murdaugh, claiming the funds were legitimate expenses. Finally, Fleming used $89,133.44 remaining in the trust account to issue a check for Murdaugh’s benefit rather than properly disbursing the funds to the estate.

“Cory Fleming was trusted by clients who had suffered tragic losses, and he abused that trust for his own personal gain,” U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs said. “His theft of their settlement funds undermines the public’s confidence in our legal system, and we appreciate the partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in holding him accountable.”

“This sentence sends a clear message that fraudulent financial activities will not be tolerated, and those who attempt to exploit innocent victims to line their own pockets will face severe consequences,” Steve Jensen, the special agent in charge of the FBI Columbia Field Office, said. “The FBI remains dedicated to upholding the law and protecting the interests of those who rely on transparent and honest transactions.”

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