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Alex Murdaugh indicted on tax evasion charges by grand jury

FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 file photo, Alex Murdaugh sits during his bond hearing, in Varnville, S.C. The family at the center of an unfolding legal drama in a South Carolina town is used to using its power, but not being questioned. The drama started in June when Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were shot and killed at their family’s home. Alex Murdaugh found the bodies of his wife and son. (G3 Box News Photo/Mic Smith, File) Mic Smith/G3 Box News

Alex Murdaugh indicted on tax evasion charges by grand jury

Jack Birle

December 16, 08:15 PM December 16, 08:15 PM

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Alex Murdaugh, who is accused of killing his wife and son, was indicted on nine counts of tax evasion by the South Carolina State Grand Jury on Friday.

Murdaugh, 54, faces more than 100 charges against him for various crimes during his career as a lawyer and outside the courtroom.

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The South Carolina attorney general’s office alleges that from 2011 to 2019, Murdaugh made roughly $14 million from his attorney job but also stole nearly $7 million, which was allegedly intended for the law firm’s bank accounts.

Prosecutors in the case claim Murdaugh tried to evade $487,000 in state income taxes. Each of the nine counts is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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Murdaugh is accused of killing his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and son Paul Murdaugh, 22, in June 2021 after the two were found dead near the family’s hunting estate. Cellphone footage shows the former lawyer was at the crime scene, and police officers who responded to the scene found blood on his clothes, according to investigators.

Alex Murdaugh has maintained his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. The murder trial is currently scheduled to begin in January 2023.

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