SC - Paul Murdaugh, 22 and mom Margaret, 52, found shot to death, Islandton, 7 June 2021 #4

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  1. CocoChanel

    CocoChanel Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Perhaps there was a reckoning after AM’s father died, and the firm was more willing to investigate his son after that. I imagine it might be sticky trying to uncover misdeeds of the founder’s son while he was still alive. Whatever time it took to reveal, it did not begin just this month. IMHO This is a Southern Gothic real-life family tragedy.
     
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    Alex Murdaugh releases statement after Saturday shooting, says he will resign from law firm | WBTW

    "Alex Murdaugh, who was found shot over the weekend, released a statement Monday saying he plans to resign from his law firm and seek rehab.

    Murdaugh was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment after authorities say he was found shot on the side of a road in Hampton County Saturday.

    It came only a few months after he discovered his wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, had been shot to death at their family property in Colleton County. Details about Saturday’s shooting are still extremely limited. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating"
     
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    A Corp in TX offered a ten thousand dollar reward in the murder of Missy Bevers, inside a Church, with a deadline. They did not renew it.
     
  4. StrangerThanFiction

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    Isn’t there a second Murdaugh brother who is also part of the firm? Messy!
     
  5. shefner

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    This case is HUGE. My goodness.
     
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    Corruption all over the place. I have a feeling LE is in for a long ride.
     
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    MemPat Without Art the Earth is just Eh!

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    clearskies1 Well-Known Member

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    A law firm would almost always have a provision under which a member/partner can be voted out.
     
  9. Luna20

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    This is true, I guess for me though it’s been the combination of things. No follow up statement after the initial one, the brothers on GMA and the overall silence made it seem to be slow.
     
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    If he embezzled client trust funds - which was my first thought - there are likely angry and desperate folks out there. Those funds are often settlements for injuries which may have prevented someone from working, providing for their family. I can see someone who was unable to access what was rightfully theirs becoming increasingly angry and desperate. Add to that an “untouchability” that may have fueled a desperation that lead to violence against the mother and son (who may or may not have been the intended targets). And if in the millions it may have been more than one settlement that was embezzled. That is just MOO being in the legal field and seeing attorneys who raided trust funds. I’m buckling my seatbelt. I think it’s going to be quite a ride.

    ETA - I think client trust fund may be the least “watched” vs firm fund which have oversight. They are basically savings accounts which are supposed to just sit there while a case winds to its conclusion so particularly vulnerable.
     
  11. Oakie

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    Hard to think of anything but gambling debts that would put him that far into the hole.
     
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    Please continue on Thread #5
     
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    How can someone so wealthy run through millions in misappropriated funds? This must be bigger and deeper than we first thought......
     
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    When I lived in SC, there was a judge locally (not Hampton County) who died, and when the authorities began to unravel his financial accounts, they found he had embezzled substantial amounts of money from trust funds for which he was the executor. These were not awards from lawsuits, but trust funds set up to take care of minors, heirs, etc. It was a big scandal.
     
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    Most sizable firms have CPA's to ensure generally accepted accounting principles are followed to ensure accurate reporting and presentation of financial condition and to ensure internal controls are implemented to protect client and partnership funds. But, I would imagine in a multi-generational family law firm, non-family partners might permit slippage of internal controls in relation to accounts involving the patriarch and leave it to the partners who are family members to decide what to push and what to let slide.
     
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