The children of the housekeeper that mysteriously died at the home of disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh have recovered $4.3 million that he allegedly pilfered from them by suing himself to collect on personal liability insurance.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in 2018 after Murdaugh said she tripped over his dogs, according to the now settled September lawsuit, the plaintiff’s lawyer said. No autopsy was ever conducted, and Hampton County authorities said her death was suspicious last month.
Murdaugh, 53, told her sons he would pay them $500,000 after suing himself, and referred them to his college roommate, lawyer Cory Fleming. The adult children never received a penny of the multi-million dollar settlement, lawyers said.
Fleming agreed to pay back all fees and expenses his firm received from the $4.3 million recovered from the suit to Satterfield’s family, according to their lawyer Eric Bland.
“Mr. Fleming stepped forward and did the right thing by the Estate,” Bland wrote in a press release Sunday. “Mr. Fleming and his law firm maintain, they — like others — were victims of Alex Murdaugh’s fraudulent scheme.”
Satterfield’s children only learned that the settlement had been paid out when reporters started looking into Murdaugh’s son Paul’s arrest for a 2019 deadly drunk boating accident.
“At the end of 2020 our clients said, ‘Wait a minute. Mom’s claim settled for $505,000? We didn’t get any of that money,’” Bland told The Post last month.
In reality, multiple insurers actually paid out more than eight times that amount to Fleming, according to Bland.
Paul and his mom, Alex Murdaugh’s wife Maggie, were found shot to death in June. The double-murder remains under investigation.
Murdaugh turned himself into police for life insurance fraud after allegedly hiring a hit man to kill him so his surviving son could collect his $10 million policy.
The would-be assassin missed his mark and left the prominent lawyer with a graze wound to the head.
Murdaugh was released on $20,000 bond last month to go to rehab for what his lawyer described as a “tremendous” opioid addiction.