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Alex Murdaugh’s friend sentenced to nearly 4 years for scheme to steal millions from maid’s family

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cory Fleming, who is friends with Alex Murdaugh, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in stealing millions from the family of Murdaugh’s deceased maid, according to multiple reports.

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Earlier this year, Fleming pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, The Washington Post reported.

The charge stemmed from accusations that he had helped Murdaugh take money from his clients at his law firm, according to WCSC. Those affected included the Pinckney and Satterfield families.

The Satterfield family are the relatives of Murdaugh’s late maid, Gloria Satterfield. She worked for the Murdaugh family for over 20 years, according to The Associated Press, and died in February 2018 after she hit her head during a fall at the Murdaugh’s house.

Pamela Pinckney was a Murdaugh’s client, the Post reported. Her son, Hakeem, died in a car accident that left him as a quadriplegic. Fleming was found responsible for stealing some of the settlement funds.

Fleming and Murdaugh became friends in law school, the Post reported.

In 2021, Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of his wife, Maggie, 52, and his son, Paul, 22. Murdaugh was also indicted in May on over 20 counts of “orchestrating financial schemes” that allegedly allowed him to steal millions from his clients over a span of 16 years.

Murdaugh is still facing over 100 state and federal charges, accused of stealing from clients and running a drug and money laundering ring in his law firm, according to the AP.

Fleming, 54, turned himself in to federal marshals, according to the AP. He began serving his sentence immediately.

Fleming was the second associate of Murdaugh’s to go to prison. According to the AP, banker Russell Laffitte was sentenced to seven years earlier this month for helping Murdaugh to steal settlement money.

Fleming was also sentenced to pay $102,000 in restitution and a fine of $20,000 according to WCSC. Fleming will also be placed on three years of supervised release once he is released from prison.

Fleming also faces state charges in South Carolina related to both the Satterfield and Pinckney cases, according to the Post.