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Alex Murdaugh arrested in Orlando after Charges of stealing Insurance Money

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Alex Murdaugh, a lawyer from South Carolina was arrested on Thursday, the Police of the state said. He got arrested in Orland, Florida at a drug rehab facility, his attorney on his defense said that he was there for the past weeks because he was shot near his home.

He was charged with stealing insurance money. Gloria Satterfield, Murdaugh's maid for decades, was arrested on two felony charges of acquiring property by pretenses, according to a statement from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Satterfield worked for Murdaugh for more than 40 years.

Although Murdaugh was able to collect more than $4 million from his insurance, the complaint claims that he only informed his sons of approximately $500,000 and never gave them a penny of their inheritance.

The Murdaughs informed their boys their mother fell over the household dog and died weeks later. When the Hampton County coroner questioned why she wasn't summoned to examine what she considered an accidental death, state police investigated.

Murdaugh's wife and son died in June at their Colleton County home.

According to authorities, Murdaugh is being detained in the Orange County prison in Florida awaiting extradition.

If Murdaugh is charged with further offenses, his attorneys pledged during a bail hearing last month that he will return to South Carolina without a struggle.

Murdaugh's lawyers said:

"Alex intends to fully cooperate with this investigation, as he has with the investigation into the murder of his wife and son," they said. "He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from the efforts to solve their murders."

Aside from the murder inquiry, Murdaugh faces six additional accusations related to arranging his death so his surviving son could collect on a $10 million life insurance policy.

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