Whirlwind of criminal chaos continues around Murdaugh and associates

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Alex Murdaugh in court in October of last year Photo credit USA Today Images

A whirlwind of criminal chaos continues to surround Alex Murdaugh and his associates. On Wednesday, The State Attorney General's Office announced new indictments against Murdaugh, his former associate and bank CEO Russell Lucius Laffitte and former Murdaugh legal colleague Cory Fleming.

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The superseding indictments contain 21 new charges against Lafitte who was not previously indicted, 4 new charges against Murdaugh and 5 new charges against Fleming. The 51 year old Russell Lafitte was the CEO of Palmetto State Bank until he was fired earlier this year.

Murdaugh was indicted in September of last year for an attempted suicide and insurance fraud scheme. He was then indicted again in November and December of 2021, and January and March of this year for 75 total counts of 6 different crimes.

Fleming was indicted in March on 18 counts of 4 different crimes. An April superseding indictment says Murdaugh and Lafitte conspired to misappropriate 300 thousand dollars that were due to an accident victim named Hakeem Pinckney.

Another indictment says Murdaugh and Fleming conspired to misuse 90 thousand dollars in funds due to Pamela Pinckney, Fleming's former client. The FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, and SLED are assisting the South Carolina Attorney General's Office in the investigation.