HAMPTON, SC (WIS) – Hampton-based law firm PMPED sued former partner Alex Murdaugh in state court on Wednesday.
The law firm says the lawsuit is aimed at recovering money Murdaugh allegedly stole from the firm and its clients.
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According to the lawsuit, in early September 2021, PMPED learned that Murdaugh had a fake bank account he was directing money into for the company and its clients.
PMPED determined that Alex Murdaugh was able to covertly steal these funds by disguising settlement disbursements as payments to an annuity company, trust account, or structured settlement for clients or as structured attorney fees that he he had actually won.
“They were deposited into the fictitious Bank of America account,” wrote lawyers for Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick.
PMPED says Murdaugh has placed the account under the name “Alexander Murdaugh d / b / a Forge” because the company has a long-standing relationship with Forge Consulting, an insurance company.
“It’s a very sad development,” said Jim Griffin, one of Murdaugh’s attorneys. “Alex holds every member of the law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, Detrick in the highest regard. He pledged his full cooperation to the company.
In addition to recovering funds, they say they were lost, PMPED is asking the court to allow discovery in this case so they can find out where the money went.
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