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Satanica

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/doctor-charged-wife-killed-protect-drug-ring-52244360

A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.

James Kauffman and a member of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were charged in the May 2012 shooting death of radio host April Kauffman. Another six people connected to the gang were charged with racketeering in the drug ring, which prosecutors said continued until last summer, when Kauffman was arrested at his office while brandishing a gun.
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Ferdinand Augello, the Pagan charged with finding someone to kill April Kauffman, also was charged Tuesday with trying to have James Kauffman killed, authorities said.

Kauffman has long maintained his innocence and denies any involvement in his wife's death, his attorney Ed Jacobs told Philly.com. It wasn't immediately known if Augello or any of the other defendants had lawyers to represent them.

April Kauffman's daughter, Kimberly Pack, who had long alleged that her stepfather killed her mother, said the death "forever changed my life."
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Pack had earlier fought a legal battle against her stepfather sparked by his attempts to claim April Kauffman's two life insurance policies. His claim was turned down because prosecutors couldn't provide a letter saying he wasn't considered a suspect.

April Kauffman was a local businesswoman who hosted weekly talk shows and advocated for military veterans. She had received a governor's award for outstanding community service a few days before her death.

Prosecutors said James Kauffman gave free prescriptions to people sent by Augello and Augello would receive $1,000 per script or a number of pills after the script was filled. Those who received them either used the drugs or sold them, authorities said.
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April Kauffman wanted a divorce and after James Kauffman objected she threatened to expose the drug ring, Tyner said.

Tyner said that Kauffman told Augello about his wife's threats and solicited him to have her killed. After about a year, a man who agreed to do it, Francis Mullholland, was driven to the home, where the doors were left open, and was given a gun, authorities said. April Kauffman, 47, was shot twice, and her body was found by a handyman.

Tyner said Mullholland, who said he got about $20,000 in cash, was later found dead of a drug overdose.
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Prosecutors said the drug empire lasted until June, when Kauffman was arrested on weapons charges at his Egg Harbor Township office. Authorities said he brandished a handgun as agents executed a search warrant and said, "I'm not going to jail for this!" A hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender.

Kauffman's license was suspended after his arrest.
 

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http://www.newser.com/story/254638/doctor-accused-of-ordering-wifes-murder-kills-himself.html
(NEWSER) – A New Jersey doctor accused of arranging his wife's murder has committed suicide in prison, reports People. James Kauffman, a 68-year-old endocrinologist, allegedly helped set up the 2012 murder of his 47-year-old wife, April Kauffman, inside their home. The motive? Prosecutors say their marriage had gone south, and April Kauffman was threatening to expose the prescription drug ring her husband was operating with a local motorcycle gang out of his Atlantic City office. April Kauffman had been a popular local radio personality.

Authorities at the Hudson County jail have not provided details on Kauffman's death, except to say that he was found in his cell Friday morning by jail staff. NJ.com reports that Kauffman tied something around his neck to asphyxiate himself and laid down on his bunk so that it appeared as if he were sleeping. Kauffman, who had recently been moved to the jail because of threats against his life, also left a lengthy suicide note, the site reports.
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http://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2018/01/doctor_defendants_in_racketeering_and_murder_case.html
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Augello also appeared in court Thursday. According to the criminal complaint filed against Augello, he met another person multiple times between November 2017 and January 2018 and attempted to have Kauffman killed because he believed Kauffman would tell authorities about his ties to the alleged crimes they worked on together.

He then began to plan to have Kauffman killed inside the Atlantic County Jail.
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Hmmmm.
 

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http://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2018/04/7_indicted_in_connection_with_april_kauffman_murde.html#incart_river_index

Clockwise from top left: Beverly Augello, Tabathia Chapman, Paul Pagano, Ferdinand Augello, Joseph Mulholland, Cheryl Pizza and Glenn Seeler.

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Ferdinand Augello has been indicted on charges that he killed radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman and attempted to kill her husband, James Kauffman. Augello was also indicted on a charge of being the leader of a drug trafficking network.
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The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced the indictments Wednesday morning.

The other co-conspirators were each indicted on charges of racketeering, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Every person enlisted by Kauffman, a 69-year-old endocrinologist was a Pagan, former Pagan or an associate of a Pagan motorcycle gang member, officials said.

The six are:

  • Joseph Mulholland, 52, of Villas
  • Beverly Augello, 47, of Summerland Keys, Florida
  • Glenn Seeler, 37, of Sanford, North Carolina
  • Paul Pagano, 61, of Egg Harbor Township
  • Tabitha Chapman, 35, of Absecon
  • Cheryl Pizza, 36 of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Augello, 61, of Petersburg, was also indicted on charges of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
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The man who agreed kill to Kauffman, Francis Mullholland, was driven to the home, where the doors were left open, authorities said. Mulholland shot her twice, prosecutors said. (Mulholland died of a drug overdose in 2013, officials said.)

April Kauffman told her husband she'd blow the whistle on his drug operation after he refused her request for a divorce.
 

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April Kauffman wanted a divorce and after James Kauffman objected she threatened to expose the drug ring, Tyner said.
Well you can't say she was a smart woman.
[doublepost=1523081715,1523081501][/doublepost]When was this guy arrested? Crime was a while ago, article posted in Jan, but look at pics of the dude. Jail is hard on people but even still, surely that descent isnt the result of just a span of several months.

Google some pics of the dude. Guy was not fit for incarceration.
 

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Thought this thread could use an update -

Firefighters, cop, pizzeria owner among 7 arrested in Jersey Shore drug fraud ring with ties to James Kauffman

Seven people, including three firefighters, a police officer, and an owner of Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City, were arrested Friday and charged in a $50 million prescription-drug health-benefits scheme that has already snagged dozens of public employees and pharmaceutical representatives at the New Jersey Shore.

The arrests followed the unsealing of a 50-count federal indictment charging William Hickman, 42, of Northfield; his wife, Sara, 42; Ventnor Police Officer Thomas Schallus, 42; brothers and Margate Firefighters John, 37, and Thomas Sher, 46; Camden Firefighter Christopher Broccoli, 47, of West Deptford; and Brian Pugh, 41, of Absecon, identified in the indictment as a businessman.

All were charged with conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and wire fraud, and with individual acts of health-care fraud and wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Pugh and the Hickmans were additionally charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Story continues here - https://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/prescription-drug-fraud-new-jersey-shore-james-kauffman-firefighters-police-arrested-20190315.html
 

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