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Alex Murdaugh’s shut pal, Corey Fleming, will get SC regulation license suspended over misconduct allegations

The South Carolina Supreme Courtroom has suspended the regulation license of Alex Murdaugh’s finest pal, Corey Fleming, amid allegations Fleming was concerned in a scheme to embezzle hundreds of thousands obtained in wrongful dying settlements from the sons of Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.  

South Carolina Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty on Friday issued the short-term suspension of Fleming’s regulation license “till additional order of this Courtroom.” The order cited a rule permitting the interim suspension of legal professionals over misconduct allegations “upon receipt of adequate proof demonstrating {that a} lawyer poses a considerable menace of great hurt to the general public or to the administration of justice.” 

Beatty didn’t elaborate additional on the precise reasoning for Fleming’s suspension, which got here eight days after Fleming, his Beaufort-based regulation agency, Moss, Kuhn and Fleming, and their malpractice insurance coverage provider reached a settlement with the Property of Gloria Satterfield on Oct. 1. 

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Fleming admitted to “materials errors” within the dealing with of insurance coverage settlements negotiated following Satterfield’s 2018 dying weeks after an alleged journey and fall at Murdaugh’s dwelling in Colleton County, however “maintains he was not a prepared participant in Mr. Murdaugh’s scheme however was used,” in line with a joint assertion from Fleming’s legal professionals, Thomas Pendarvis and David Overstreet, and attorneys for Satterfield’s property, Eric Bland and Ronald Richter, offered to Fox Information Digital Thursday. Fleming additionally agreed to pay again authorized charges.  

Alex Murdaugh weeps throughout his bond listening to, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance coverage fraud and different expenses after state police mentioned he organized to have himself shot within the head in order that his son would get a $10 million life insurance coverage payout. (AP Picture/Mic Smith)
(AP Picture/Mic Smith)

Satterfield, a 57-year-old housekeeper and nanny for the Murdaugh household for over 20 years, supposedly tripped over canine and down steps on the Murdaugh’s dwelling in Colleton County on Feb. 1, 2018. Sustaining a head damage, she died on the hospital weeks in a while Feb. 26, 2018, with out ever regaining consciousness. After her funeral, Alex Murdaugh advised Satterfield’s sons that he was liable for their mom’s dying and launched them to an lawyer, Fleming, to deal with a wrongful dying go well with in opposition to him. However her sons had been by no means knowledgeable of a potential battle of curiosity, as Fleming was additionally Alex Murdaugh’s former school roommate and godfather to Paul Murdaugh. 

New courtroom paperwork filed Tuesday in Hampton County Widespread Pleas Courtroom present extra perception into how Alex Murdaugh allegedly embezzled hundreds of thousands from Satterfield’s sons utilizing a P.O. Field. 

Fleming satisfied one of many housekeeper’s sons, Tony Satterfield, to signal illustration of his mom’s property to over Chad Westendorf, vp of Palmetto State Financial institution, citing potential “enterprise points” that may come up. Throughout a Dec. 19, 2018, courtroom listening to with Westendorf, Decide Carmen Mullen accepted a partial settlement of $505,000. Fleming then started dispersing that cash weeks in a while Jan. 7, 2019, sending a verify within the quantity of $403,500 to a payee named Forge, in line with Tuesday’s submitting.

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“This verify was not despatched to Forge Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. Fairly upon Murdaugh’s directive was despatched by Fleming to a P.O. Field deal with given him by Murdaugh,” the submitting says. 

Fleming continued to pursue extra insurance coverage insurance policies, and thru a mediation in March, 2019, was in a position to safe an extra settlement within the quantity of $3.8 million. The whole settlement amounted to about $4.3 million. Mullen later signed off on an order that mentioned about $2.8 million of that cash was entitled to the beneficiaries of the property, and that Westendorf, because the consultant or the property, was to later pay that quantity to Satterfield’s sons. However the sons had been by no means made conscious of any listening to or settlements of their mom’s dying and had been by no means given a dime. 

The order additionally was by no means correctly filed into public file as required underneath South Carolina regulation.

Individually, Fleming was named in a distinct lawsuit filed final month on behalf of Connor Prepare dinner, one of many passengers injured within the February 2019 boat crash that additionally killed 19-year-old Mallory Seaside. 

A drunken and underage Paul Murdaugh allegedly steered the boat right into a bridge in Beaufort County, however the lawsuit claims that Alex Murdaugh began a “whisper marketing campaign” to unfold the false rumor that Connor, and never his son, Paul, was driving. Prepare dinner additionally claims Alex Murdaugh sought him out on the hospital after the crash to inform him to “preserve his mouth shut” and later launched Prepare dinner to Fleming, who as his lawyer, directed the teenager to not discuss to regulation enforcement investigating the accident. 

Boating underneath the affect expenses had been dropped in opposition to Paul Murdaugh after his dying in June when he and his mom, Maggie Murdaugh, had been discovered shot on the household’s property in Colleton County. No arrests have been made in connection to their double homicide.

In the meantime, Alex Murdaugh was launched from jail and allowed to journey again to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility with out GPS monitoring final month to deal with a supposed opioid dependancy. He had confessed to South Carolina’s State Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED) to hiring his former authorized consumer and alleged longtime drug supplier, Curtis Eddie Smith, to shoot him so his surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, may gather a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage. 

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Alex Murdaugh claims he offered Smith with a gun and the 2 went to a rural Hampton County street on Sept. 4. However Smith allegedly lacking, solely grazing Murdaugh within the head. The incident occurred days after the Hampton-based regulation agency, PMPED, acted for Murdaugh’s resignation, alleging he misappropriated hundreds of thousands from the observe based by his great-grandfather. PMPED filed a lawsuit of its personal in opposition to Alex Murdaugh final week.