Alex Murdaugh dealing with eight extra potential lawsuits over allegations of stolen cash – Greenville Information

Suspended South Carolina legal professional Richard Alexander Murdaugh Sr., who’s already dealing with seven ongoing civil lawsuits, may quickly be dealing with as many as eight extra.
Justin Bamberg, a Bamberg, S.C. legal professional, Democratic state consultant and civil rights advocate, has introduced that he’s representing seven of Murdaugh’s alleged victims and is within the technique of getting ready eight civil fits on behalf of these purchasers to be filed in Hampton County Courtroom of Widespread Pleas.
Among the many purchasers that Bamberg represents is Hakeem Pinckney, a younger deaf man who was rendered a quadriplegic following a tragic 2009 automotive accident. Murdaugh represented each purchasers in previous civil fits.
“This is able to be eight multi-million greenback legislation fits,” stated Bamberg. “If the individuals which can be liable to my purchasers do not voluntarily repair this, I’ll let the individuals of Hampton County do it, and I belief them. And I am not submitting these instances anyplace however Hampton County.”
Bamberg stated that he’s within the technique of gathering info and authorized paperwork and the fits haven’t but been filed.
Bamberg informed The Hampton County Guardian that he plans to file authorized actions in opposition to Murdaugh, the Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth and Detrick, PA (PMPED) legislation agency, the Parker Regulation Group, Palmetto State Financial institution, former Palmetto State Financial institution CEO Russell Laffitte, and “anybody else I discover was connected to stealing from these individuals.”
The Guardian has reached out to all of those events for remark. On Monday afternoon, G. Trenholm Walker and Thomas P. Gressette, Jr., authorized counsel for Palmetto State Financial institution, issued the next assertion:
“Palmetto State Financial institution is deeply involved concerning the troubling allegations which were made about Mr. Pinckney’s settlement funds. The financial institution has taken fast motion beneath the management of its Board of Administrators to acquire the entire pertinent details and data. Palmetto State Financial institution intends to do what it could actually to proper any wrongs which will have been dedicated.”
Murdaugh represented Hakeem Lynard Pinckney and his household in a lawsuit in opposition to a serious tire firm, Michelin North America, Inc., following the 2009 automotive crash. Courtroom filings from Hampton County present that this case was settled on Oct. 7, 2011.
Pinckney, a scholar on the S.C. College for the Deaf and Blind on the time of his accident, was severely injured and left a quadriplegic. He later died, Bamberg stated.
Laffitte was listed as a plaintiff on that lawsuit, court docket paperwork present.
Bamberg says that he has documentation that signifies that Murdaugh used Laffitte and Palmetto State Financial institution as a conservator for the Pinckney household, the place settlement funds had been paid, however the fee by no means reached the Pinckneys.
“Alex Murdaugh satisfied this boy’s mom to let Russell Laffitte, the CEO of Palmetto State Financial institution, be in control of the cash…” Bamberg stated. “I really feel unhealthy for these individuals. … These individuals must be made entire, and we’re going to sue anyone that now we have to sue to make individuals entire, and I do not care who you might be.”
“Nobody is ever going to persuade me that every one of those rich, profitable individuals, on the legislation agency and this financial institution, knew nothing,” he stated. “You could have people right here who’ve been untouchable ceaselessly, however now it is 2021. There isn’t a purpose for anybody to be afraid of anybody.”
Murdaugh has been indicted on monetary crime expenses in reference to the Thomas L. Moore case, however has not been indicted in connection to the Pinckney case. Laffitte has not been charged or indicted on any crimes.
On Nov. 5, the state Supreme Courtroom’s Workplace of Disciplinary Counsel delivered a subpoena to the Hampton County Probate Courtroom stating an investigation is being performed earlier than the Fee on Lawyer Conduct. The Workplace of Disciplinary Counsel is answerable for investigating complaints in opposition to legal professionals and judges in South Carolina.
The subpoena requested all paperwork through which Laffitte and one other financial institution worker, Chad Westendorf, had been appointed as a conservator or a private consultant of an property, amongst different paperwork.
Hampton County Probate Choose Sheila Odom confirmed Monday, that her workplace had responded to these requests inside two enterprise days.
On Monday, Jan Malinowski, President of Palmetto State Financial institution, issued the next assertion to The Guardian:
“Palmetto State Financial institution has completely severed the employment of Russell Laffitte, efficient instantly on January 7, 2022. The financial institution and its board of administrators stay absolutely dedicated to their prospects, workers, shareholders, and the communities Palmetto State Financial institution serves.”
Megan Paquin, a spokesperson for Palmetto State Financial institution, confirmed that Westendorf was nonetheless employed on the financial institution.
Bamberg supplied The Guardian with copies of two checks he says had been written from PMPED to Palmetto State Financial institution, cash he says was stolen from the Pinckneys.
One verify was for $60,000 for a conservator payment, the opposite verify was allegedly a settlement quantity of simply over $309,000, in accordance with copies of the verify supplied by Bamberg.
Murdaugh is at the moment dealing with 51 legal expenses for monetary crimes, in addition to a number of civil fits.