Law agency staffers have been first to suspect once-prominent lawyer Murdaugh was stealing consumer cash, accomplice testifies

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Law agency staffers have been first to suspect once-prominent lawyer Murdaugh was stealing consumer cash, accomplice testifies

Alex Murdaugh at his bond hearing

South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh (middle) at his bond listening to in Columbia, South Carolina, in October 2021. Picture by Lewis M. Levine/The Related Press.

A accomplice from the regulation agency of once-prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh—who’s now charged with homicide and monetary crimes—testified Thursday concerning the first discovery of alleged consumer theft.

Ronnie Crosby, a accomplice with the agency now generally known as the Parker Law Group, testified that regulation agency employees members have been the primary to suspect Murdaugh, the State reviews.

Crosby testified within the trial of former Palmetto State Financial institution CEO Russell Laffitte, who’s accused of working with Murdaugh to steal tens of millions of {dollars} from the lawyer’s shoppers.

Crosby stated in spring 2021, employees members needed to know what occurred to a $792,000 charge earned by Murdaugh in February 2021 in an auto accident lawsuit that he tried with an out of doors lawyer, based on the State. After Murdaugh’s spouse, Maggie, and his son Paul have been murdered in June 2021, Murdaugh advised employees members that the skin lawyer nonetheless had the charge, based on the testimony.

In September 2021, employees members discovered checks on Murdaugh’s desk from the auto accident case, Crosby stated. Murdaugh was fired the subsequent day. The agency launched an investigation.

Crosby testified that the agency found emails wherein Murdaugh apparently gave Laffitte directions on what to do with cash that he received for shoppers. Some cash in consumer conservatorships was used for cash orders and cashier’s checks or to pay again loans that Laffitte and Murdaugh took from the conservatorships.

Crosby was the final prosecution witness to testify in opposition to Laffitte.

The previous identify of Crosby and Murdaugh’s agency was PMPED, a shortened model of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick. Murdaugh was disbarred in July.