On Monday, the sisters were the first witnesses to begin the second week of Laffitte’s federal trial
The government accused him of embezzling and stealing money from the settlement of the Plylers and other crash victims whose finances he managed, and of using that money for his personal use and use for
Murdaugh is not charged in this case, but is an unindicted co-conspirator.
Murdaugh and the many charges of state financial fraud – he is accused of embezzling some
Alania, now 30, described Laffitte as a father figure who helped her buy a car and a house, and who promised her enough money so she never had to work a job. only day of his life.
“I saw it as a bottomless pit,” she tested on Monday. “I could buy all the cars I wanted, have a nice house, and it would never run out.”
Questioned by the prosecutor
“It was business,” she tested.
But she remembered that the banker was always vague about the exact amount of money she could expect to get.
She and her sister had to apply for a regular stipend to cover their tuition and living expenses. When Laffitte bought her a used car, Alania ended up paying high interest rates on a used car bought at auction, even though she felt hundreds of thousands of dollars should have been available. on his account.
At the age of 18, Alania said she remembered meeting Laffitte for the last time to get a sheaf of documents she didn’t understand, then unceremoniously handing him control of the silver. Laffitte gave her no advice on how to handle the windfall she was getting into, she tested.
“I had planned that (the last meeting with Laffitte) would last all day, but I remember thinking that the journey was longer than the whole meeting,” Alania tested on Monday.
The only time she said she heard of Laffitte after that day was when he needed to locate his still underage sister, Hannah, whose money he still controlled.
Laffitte is accused of embezzling money from the Plylers’ accounts when Murdaugh demanded money for his own use, including money to pay for Murdaugh’s boat and renovations to a family beach house .
When Alania later lost this packet of papers in a house fire, she remembers receiving a “lighter” packet from Laffitte in the mail to replace it. She said she only received a full copy after Murdaugh was fired from his family law firm and charged with embezzlement.
Laffitte told him that he was sending it to him because it had also been requested by the
Hannah, now 25, said she was unaware that money had been transferred from her account and only received a similar set of documents at the 18 years old.
“It was tough for a little girl who had just lost her mother and brother and was just trying to have a good time,” Hannah said. “I feel like it should have been easy for us.”
What Laffitte considered “loans”, Laffitte also granted himself a “loan” on Hannah’s account,
In the five years between 2011 and 2015, when Hannah turned 18, Laffitte made more than a dozen transfers totaling a few
Questioned by the prosecutor
Swinson also testified that the attorney for Murdaugh’s law firm
Swinson also said Laffitte used the money he borrowed from Hannah to pay more
In total, nearly a quarter of a million dollars was taken from Hannah’s account to repay outstanding loans to Laffitte, including
This was the start of a series of detailed money transfers to the jury, showing hundreds of thousands of dollars transferred from Hannah’s account to accounts associated with Laffitte, Murdaugh, the fathers of the two men and Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie.
To cover the withdrawals, Laffitte would transfer money from other accident victim lawsuit settlement accounts that he also oversaw as custodian, including
All of the loans have been repaid in full by the other trustees, Swinson said during cross-examination by defense counsel.
Murdaugh and Laffitte eventually lost their jobs at Murdaugh’s family law firm and Laffitte’s family bank, respectively.
Earlier Monday, in cross-examination Hannah, defense attorney
Hannah tested that she was now living off payments from her annuity into the account, while her sister, Alania, said she chose to work as a sheriff’s deputy even though her annuity covered her day-to-day expenses.
“I love working on the road, I love being one of the first people on the front line,” Alania said. “When children are being abused, or there is a wreck I show up on involving children or when loved ones are lost, I know what it is. Working with single moms who manage to make ends meet with nowhere to live, I know what it’s like too. It’s the silver lining when I go to work tonight, that I’ll use my life experiences to help others.
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