Breakdown of Alex Murdaugh’s confessed money crimes

Alex Murdaugh considers testifying in court

Alex Murdaugh listens to Dr. Paul McManigal during Murdaugh’s murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse on Tuesday February 28, 2023. Joshua Boucher/The State/Pool

After almost six weeks of probation, we know that Alex Murdaugh can do a lot: an admitted liar, a self-confessed thief, a self-confessed drug addict who blames his addiction for his weaknesses. With all of these admissions, he’s definitely fallen out of favor as a pro, and he was banned in direct response to his myriad financial highs spanning a decade.

But whether he’s a murderer or not, well, the jury isn’t even in agreement: they still have closing words to consider.

And while he may not be convicted of murder, he still faces a hefty prison sentence for these financial crimes after admitting under oath to several of them last week.

During direct questioning, while stating in his own defense, Alex Murdaugh admitted to writing vague financial theft and lying about that theft. During the state’s lengthy cross-examination, which focused primarily on these financial crimes, the defendant admitted to robbing no fewer than 18 different clients over the years, as well as the now-defunct law firm that formerly bore his name.

SEE ALSO: Prosecutor Ignores Murder Allegations During Alex Murdaugh’s Cross-Examination

Spread over 19 separate charges are 99 financial charges involving fraud, attempted tax evasion, money laundering, embezzlement, fraudulent breach of trust, obtaining signatures or property by false pretenses, computer crime, forgery, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

According to the South Carolina Attorney’s Office, Alex Murdaugh has extorted at least $8.7 million from his victims over the years, a number that swells to about $9.3 million when state taxes are factored in. Breakdown of Alex Murdaugh’s confessed money crimes

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