A federal grand jury has returned a 22-count indictment against, the South Carolina lawyer who was of killing his wife and son earlier this year.
Murdaugh, apersonal injury attorney, was sentenced to after being convicted on one count of murder each in the deaths of , 52, and , 22, as well as two counts of possession of a weapon during a crime. In addition to the murder charges, he faces including fraud and money laundering.
The new charges are separate from those dozens of counts, and were announced by the United States Attorney’s Office’s District of South Carolina on Wednesday morning.
The 22-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, and alleges that Murdaugh engaged in three different plots to take money and property from personal injury clients over the course of years.
According to a news release announcing the charges, in one scheme that ran from 2005 to 2021, Murdaugh allegedly worked to defraud and take money from clients who received settlement funds. He allegedly directed settlement funds to himself by using incorrect forms, claiming funds as attorney’s fees and disbursing them to himself, claiming false fees, creating fraudulent expenses, disbursing fees to himself instead of routing them through his law firm, and intercepting insurance money meant for beneficiaries and putting the money in his personal account.
In a second plot, Murdaugh allegedly conspired with his banker, Russell Laffitte, for at least