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Attorneys for Alex Murdaugh housekeeper's heirs want to question banker over missing $4.3 million

John Monk, Jake Shore, and Kacen Bayless, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorneys for the heirs of the deceased Murdaugh housekeeper Gloria Satterfield are seeking a court order to force the Hampton banker who oversaw the distribution of $4.3 million in insurance proceeds to explain why none of the money reached the heirs.

A civil lawsuit filed last month in state court already alleges banker Chad Westendorf participated in a scheme with attorneys Alex Murdaugh and Cory Fleming to deprive Satterfield's heirs of their inheritance.

But a new motion in that case by attorneys Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter lays out fresh details about the money Westendorf was supposed to oversee for the heirs and how that money was handled. The motion was sent by UPS "overnight Delivery" Tuesday to be filed Wednesday in Hampton County Probate Court, Bland said.

Westendorf served as personal representative for the heirs, Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriott. In that position, Westendorf was responsible for overseeing the distribution of four insurance checks totaling $4.3 million flowing into Satterfield's estate, the new motion says.

The new motion, which questions whether Westendorf acted properly in fulfilling his role as personal representative, said the four checks were:

— A BB&T check dated Dec. 4, 2018, for $505,000, payable to "Chad Westendorf, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Gloria Satterfield, and Moss Kuhn & Fleming, PA, (and) endorsed by Westendorf."

 

— A Jan. 7, 2019, BB&T check for $10,000, made payable to "Chad Westendorf" and endorsed by Westendorf.

— An April 18, 2019, BB&T check for $3.8 million, made payable to "Chad Westendorf, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Gloria Satterfield, and Moss Kuhn & Fleming, PA as Attorney" and endorsed by Westendorf.

— A May 13, 2019, BB&T check for $20,000, made payable to "Chad Westendorf" and endorsed by Westendorf.

Westendorf was supposed to keep the heirs up to date on money he handled, but the two heirs were never informed of any of the four checks, the motion alleges.

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