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Convicted Murderer, Alex Murdaugh, Now Facing Tax Evasion Charges

Convicted Murderer, Alex Murdaugh, Now Facing Tax Evasion Charges

Infamous convicted murderer, Alex Murdaugh, is now facing tax evasion charges.

Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer who gained notoriety during his double-homicide trial, is currently serving a life sentence without parole in federal prison. A series of bizarre events that culminated in the 2021 shooting deaths of Murdaugh's wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, a 22-year-old junior at the University of South Carolina, received international news coverage and became the subject of a Netflix docuseries. 

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Details about the "Murdaugh Murders" particularly rocked Colleton County and the entire South Carolina Lowcountry, where the family had built something of a legal dynasty. Alex's great-grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh Sr., founded the firm.

The former attorney was found guilty after a jury trial in March 2023.

According to a new report from ABC News, Murdaugh earned about $16 million for his legal work between 2011 and 2021. Additionally, he embezzled approximately $9 million from his law firm, clients' settlement money, and other sources. 

Murdaugh, 54, is facing nearly 100 other new charges, including tax evasion from 2011 to 2019, and drug and money laundering charges. He also attempted to commit life insurance fraud by asking a family friend to kill him so a $10 million policy would pay out. 

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Most recently, according to prosecutors, Murdaugh failed to pay over $67,000 on his 2020 tax return and over $65,000 in taxes in 2021. It is worth noting that this includes taxes on ill-gotten funds.

It is believed by many that Murdaugh's financial downward spiral is what led him to murder his family. 

Murdaugh is expected to face trial for his numerous financial crimes cases in the coming months.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson provided specific details of the Grand Jury's indictment in a press release that can be read here.

What do you think about Alex Murdaugh facing new charges?

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