SC - Paul Murdaugh, 22 and mom Margaret, 52, found shot to death, Islandton, 7 June 2021 #5

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  1. bestill

    bestill It's a Disney Day for SC Inmate 00378074

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    If he absconded with multi millions, which is what social media is saying, he had help. In my opinion the entire firm needs to be investigated.
     


  2. Dymphna

    Dymphna Active Member

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    Wife is Erika Jayne
    ( I hate that I know this)
     
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  3. dkryder

    dkryder Well-Known Member

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    But. it reeks of piling on, kick him while he's down, classless **** type behavior. I know they got their case but all in due time. Anyway, I agree they're out for blood.
     
  4. MassGuy

    MassGuy The Monsters Aren’t The Ones Beneath The Bed

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    I imagine this took place over years. At some point that usually catches up to you, and I think things finally came to a head.

    There was a lot going on at the time of the murders, and that’s just what we know about (Paul’s felony trial, that hearing coming up in a couple days, and AM’s father on his deathbed).

    So does the embezzlement factor in? Personally, I’d be shocked if it didn’t.

    There’s no way those life insurance policies have paid out yet (Paul and Maggie).
     
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  5. Sillybilly

    Sillybilly Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    That's been puzzling me, bestill. Any law firm I ever worked in, the bookkeepers/accountants handled all the financial transactions.
     
  6. lstiff

    lstiff Well-Known Member

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    Great point and if the head of the dynasty is gone, maybe he’s an ideal fall guy bc “no loyalty among thieves” IMO

    ETA: not defending is innocent just his acting alone
     
  7. Doghairrules

    Doghairrules Well-Known Member

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    IMO, the amount would be more related to getting away with it than how fast you could spend it. If you took millions all at one time there’s almost no way it wouldn’t be noticed.
     
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  8. bestill

    bestill It's a Disney Day for SC Inmate 00378074

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    I'm off to bed, can't imagine what this week is going to bring. I hope finally truth!
     
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  9. MassGuy

    MassGuy The Monsters Aren’t The Ones Beneath The Bed

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    Here’s the thing though. This is their baby, their firm, their livelihoods.

    If these allegations are true, the damage caused will be tremendous (financial, reputation).

    You’d want to cut ties, and do so in a public way. They’d also want to make sure law enforcement knew the context surrounding the events on Saturday, especially if they felt things were not as they appeared.

    So I get it.
     
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  10. Doghairrules

    Doghairrules Well-Known Member

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    I have heard of attorneys getting their hands caught in the cookie jar of money in trust or escrow for clients though. So maybe he had access to those accounts?
     
  11. zencompass

    zencompass Hope springs eternal

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    Well said. I hope he has good support around him and counselling.

    He's had such a tremendous loss of his Mom. It is deeply saddening.
     
  12. mainemom376

    mainemom376 Well-Known Member

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    So the big question is how to the murders factor in?
     
  13. Gardenista

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    Michael Aveneti (sp?) stole from his clients too. I followed that case but can't remember how he did it. Something about giving them smaller amounts than they were due from personal injury settlements.
     
  14. ElementalLaura

    ElementalLaura Well-Known Member

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    AM’s brother, RM, is both a family member and a former law partner. AM is said to have called RM after calling 911, and the media accounts of the roadway incident were from John Griffin, a family attorney who received his info from RM.

    MOO, RM may have been put in the position of trying to help his brother in crisis while also protecting the law firm, which is a family legacy. Seeing that AM received timely medical attention (added benefit that it was out-of-state?) and legal representation while also alerting LE to recent developments might be how he handled those dual responsibilities. Or he brought another law firm partner with him to represent the firm’s interests while he dealt with his brother’s interests. Speculation only.
     
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  15. zencompass

    zencompass Hope springs eternal

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    @Sillybilly - this is what I don't understand either!

    I checked to see how large their accounting department is, but I can't because:



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    PMPED Law Firm | Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, Detrick
     
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  16. LetsSolvIt

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    I find it interesting that this allegedly huge amount of money could have flowed from the firm, albeit probably over some length of time, but that no one picked it up until now. Seems in a firm that large there would be checks and balances in place. Dont know — never worked in law. I’m thinking like a banker. JMO.
     
  17. drama_farmer

    drama_farmer Central Kentucky (Bluegrass)

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    The parallel to fiction I first thought of was "Columbo." There's actually an episode involving an attempted assassination that was perpetrated by the victim to deflect attention away from previous bad acts.

    One more thing... I'm not saying AM is guilty of a similar ruse, just that the recent tire trouble reminded me of that particular episode.
    Imo

     
  18. lstiff

    lstiff Well-Known Member

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    “Truth is stranger than fiction” has never been more fitting. This is what screenwriters and authors wish they could dream up. What a tangled mess. IMO
     
  19. MassGuy

    MassGuy The Monsters Aren’t The Ones Beneath The Bed

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    There is a ton of real life precedent for that too.
     
  20. Scoutce

    Scoutce WHO ME?

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    My family has a law firm. (I have a different profession but I did work there in college). Because it is not huge, there is an accountant/bookkeeper that does monthly employee payroll and keeps up with expenses. But both my father and sister have access to all funds. My father, head of the firm, accounts for the trust accounts every month. He would be the only one that could get away with stealing from the trust.
    On another note. Oxy can cause great debt, and significant family, and life problems. It’s hard to believe it cost him millions. Maybe there is also gambling? Maybe his wife knew of what she saw as a problem and poor money management and demanded the properties in her name in 2018. I don’t think she knew of the theft then.
    I have served on committees as the non attorney member for the lawyer disciplinary board in my state. I was astounded at what lawyers let each other get away with. When it comes to stealing from each other, all bets are off.

    edited for grammar
     
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