Alex Murdaugh blames opiate addiction for his financial crimes


With two state prison sentences already on his shoulders, confessed and convicted fraudster Alex Murdaugh walked into a federal courthouse in Charleston Monday to receive yet another — a hefty federal prison sentence.

Disbarred Hampton, S.C., lawyer Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh was sentenced to a total of 480 months, or 40 years, in federal prison, in connection with a sweeping decade-plus, multi-million-dollar financial fraud crime spree that engulfed more than a score of victims in multiple South Carolina Lowcountry counties.

While Murdaugh will remain in state prison, this federal term will run concurrently with Murdaugh’s state terms. He is currently serving a pair of life sentences for the June 2021 murders of his wife and son, and 27 years for similar S.C. State Grand Jury fraud charges.

Murdaugh has also been ordered to pay a total of $8,762,731.88 in restitution to several of his former law clients and his former law firm.

Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison after conviction in double murder trial during his sentencing at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro on Friday, March 3, 2023 after he was found guilty on all four counts. Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool

United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel imposed the sentence after a brief sentencing hearing at the United States District Courthouse on Meeting Street in Charleston.

Murdaugh, 55, pleaded guilty on Sept. 21, 2023, to 22 charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud; bank fraud; wire fraud; and money laundering. He also later pleaded guilty to similar state charges.


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