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Bank of America accused of helping disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh 'launder millions'

Bank of America is being accused of helping Alex Murdaugh stash millions of dollars of life insurance money that was supposed to go to the sons of a housekeeper who tripped and died at his home in 2018.

The bank has been added as a defendant in an existing lawsuit against Murdaugh, who is accused of helping the sons of housekeeper Gloria Ann Satterfield secure a payout from his insurance company only to keep the money for himself.

Statterfield's sons now say that the bank looked the other way when it allowed Murdaugh to set up a fake account and transfer the insurance payouts to himself and a cousin.

'Murdaugh did not act alone,' according to the amended lawsuit filed in Hampton County court Monday. 'Bank of America is the bank of a money launderer. Bank of America is a bank of fraud. They are nothing more than a high-tech laundromat.' 

Brian Harriot, left, and Tony Satterfield, center, added Bank of America to their lawsuit against disgraced SC attorney Alex Murdaugh

The sons claim Murdaugh instructed them to sue him for an insurance payout after their mother died at his home, but that he kept the $4 million to himself

'Murdaugh did not act alone,' according to the amended lawsuit filed in Hampton County court on Monday. 'Bank of America is the bank of a money launderer'

The lawsuit is the latest twist in the complicated Murdaugh saga. Alex's wife Maggie and son Paul were found dead from gunshot wounds at their home in June. No suspects have been identified in their death. 

In September, police arrested Murdaugh for hiring a man to kill him in a botched hit so that his remaining son Buster could secure a $10 million life insurance payment, police say. 

Housekeeper Gloria Ann Satterfield, 57, died after allegedly tripping on brick stairs at Murdaugh's home in 2018

On November 19, Murdaugh was indicted on 27 counts of financial crimes for allegedly stealing settlement money from Statterfield's sons and other clients he previously represented in court. The counts include seven of money laundering; four of breach of trust; seven of obtaining signature or property by false pretenses; eight of computer crimes; and one of forgery. 

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has also opened an investigation into Gloria Statterfield's death in 2018.  

In a 911 call released by SLED last month, Maggie Murdaugh asks for an ambulance for Satterfield, 57, after she tripped and fell going up eight steps outside the family's Colleton County home in 2018.

A flustered Maggie, who was murdered in 2020, told the dispatcher: 'My housekeeper has fallen and her head is bleeding. I cannot get her up.'

When the dispatcher asks where she fell from, Maggie says: 'She fell going up the steps. The brick steps.'

As the dispatcher tries to clarify whether or not the housekeeper is conscious, Maggie tells her that she is not really conscious but awake before saying: 'She is on the ground. She is on the ground. She is on the ground.'

Maggie grows agitated on the call as the dispatcher keeps trying to ascertain what Sutterfield's state is and tells her: 'Ma'am, I've already got them on the way - me asking questions does not slow them down. Knowing if she's conscious does not slow them down.'

When Maggie says that the housekeeper is 'mumbling', the dispatcher says, 'okay, so she is somewhat conscious'.

The dispatcher then continues to question whether Maggie is able to control the housekeeper's bleeding and to take the cellphone down to her so that she can speak to Sutterfield.

At that point, a male, thought to be Alex Murdaugh, gets on the phone and snaps at her: 'Can you ask the patient what kind of pain she is having? Ma'am she can't talk. She's cracked her head and there's blood on the concrete and she's bleeding out of her left ear'.

Murdaugh is already facing 27 criminal financial charges, including claims that he misappropriated funds from his clients while he was an attorney

Murdaugh's wife Maggie, right, and son Paul, left, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at their home in Hampton, South Carolina in June

The father is also accused of hiring a man to kill him in a botched hit, which sent him to the hospital, so he could secure a $10 million life insurance payment for his son Buster

But as the dispatcher continues to ask questions, he again snaps: 'Ma'am can you stop asking so many questions?'

In a statement, South Carolina police said Sattterfield's 'death was not reported to the [Hampton County] Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed. On the death certificate, the manner of death was ruled 'Natural,' which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.' 

Gloria's sons Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot claim that Murdaugh instructed them to sue his insurance company so they could get a payout, going so far as hooking them up with attorney Corey Fleming.

The sons secured $4 million in a lawsuit, but they never received the money. Instead, Murdaugh allegedly redirected the checks to his own personal account from his legal insurance. 

There are still no leads on the deaths of Maggie, right, and Paul, left, who was intoxicated when he wrecked his father's boat in 2019, causing the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach

It is unclear how the money was rerouted to Murdaugh.

In their lawsuit, the sons say that Murdaugh never told them that Fleming was an old college roommate and the godfather of his son Paul - who would be found dead of multiple gunshots along with his mother Maggie two years later. 

'By flexing their own rules and ignoring banking customs, Bank of America helped Murdaugh establish his fake Forge accounts, which Murdaugh funded with stolen money,' according to the lawsuit, which was published by the Greenville News. 

'Once he was in possession of his ill-gotten gain, Murdaugh engaged in other suspicious banking conduct (that) Bank of America should have identified,' adding that Murdaugh also transferred a total of $1.8 million from his cousin, Eddie Smith.

Murdaugh resigned from the firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED) in September and checked into rehab after he was accused of misappropriating funds. 

Last month's indictment by a state grand jury says Murdaugh stole more than $4.8 million over the past five years. 

Some of the money was meant as insurance settlements for the sons of his housekeeper. He already faced additional charges in that case.

Prosecutors also allege that Murdaugh was trying to hide money from lawyers who sued him and his family over the death of a teenager killed when authorities said Paul Murdaugh was driving intoxicated and wrecked his father's boat.

Murdaugh stole a $125,000 settlement from a state trooper injured on duty and about $450,000 from two other clients who hired them to handle their personal injury cases, indictments say.

Another indictment said Murdaugh had a fellow lawyer write checks for $792,000 in fees directly to him, instead of his PMPED Law Firm, saying the firm gave its blessing for the arrangement and 'because of possible civil liability in a case involving a boat crash in which a young woman died.'

'We are not surprised by these new charges relating to Alex's handling of client funds and law firm fees. We have made it clear that Alex regrets that his actions have diverted attention from solving the murders of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul,' Murdaugh spokesperson Amanda Loveday said in a statement after last month's indictment. 

There are still no leads in the pair's deaths. It was revealed that Maggie had met with a divorce attorney in Charleston before her death.


Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith 

2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies

Smith was found on the side of the road. 

Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head 

His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay 

Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul's older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation. 

Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen 

Stephen's mother said he had been having a 'fling'. 

In a deposition years later, one of Paul's friends said the family had 'covered' other killings up. 

He mentioned Smith's death.  

2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Gloria died after 'falling' down the stairs in the family house

The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it's unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault. 

Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit. 

Satterfield was only 57 when she died. 

She left behind a husband and children. 

Her death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh's friend.  

2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 

Paul was charged afterwards because he'd been drinking and was behaving 'belligerently' that night. 

He had been released on bond.  

Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.

One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to 'cover things up'. 

That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her 

June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered 

The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina. 

Alex Murdaugh says he found them  at the home. 

The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.  

Alex's son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7 at the family hunting lodge 

Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died 'peacefully' at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead 

June 10 2021:  Alex's 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies 'naturally' and 'peacefully' at home

Alex Murdaugh's alibi for the night of his wife and son's murder was that he was visiting his ailing father in the hospital.

The father died just three days later, following a battle with cancer. 

September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds

The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts 

September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he's been shot in the head in a drive-by. 

He only had 'surface' wounds and was also able to call his brother

September 6: Alex releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab 

Says 'I'm resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.' 

September 14: Police arrest alleged hitman in Alex's shooting

Police said Alex Murdaugh orchestrated his own shooting in a botched assisted suicide scheme for his surviving son to collect a $10 million life insurance payment.  

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. 

Smith, from Walterboro, South Carolina, is a former client of Murdaugh, 53, who represented him in minor traffic matters as well as a 2015 lawsuit that Smith filed against a forest management company. 

According to police, Murdaugh paid him to shoot him in the head and kill him, making it look like a random, drive-by attack.  

His goal was for his surviving son Buster to receive a $10million life insurance payout, according to police.

September 15: Police open criminal investigation into Satterfield's 2018 death

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced it is investigating the 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield and the subsequent handling of her estate.

Satterfield, 57, had been the Murdaugh housekeeper and nanny for around 25 years when she suffered a fatal brain injury following a mystery fall inside the Murdaugh family home. She died several weeks later on February 26, 2018.

SLED said that hit had opened a criminal investigation inter Satterfield's death based on a request from the Hampton County Coroner, as well as 'information gathered during the course of our other ongoing investigations involving Alex Murdaugh.'  

September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance fraud scheme

Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance fraud scheme where he arranged his own killing so that his surviving son could collect $10 million payout.

He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.

November 29: Murdaugh facing 27 new counts after an indictment for an alleged $4.8 million in financial crimes 

Murdaugh was indicted on 27 additional charges, with prosecutors saying he stole nearly $5million in settlement money he had obtained for his dead housekeeper, an injured state trooper and other people, as well as fees meant for his law firm.