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James Kauffman charged in murder of wife, veterans advocate April Kauffman

Shore doctor James Kauffman charged in 2012 murder of his wife April Kauffman James Kauffman charged in murder of wife, veterans advocate April Kauffman
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 20:46

The new charges come more than five years after Dr. Kauffman's wife, April Kauffman, a New Jersey radio host, was found shot to death inside their Linwood home.

After almost six years of gossip, rumor and speculation, shore endocrinologist James Kauffman was charged Tuesday in the death of his wife, radio personality April Kauffman, in a murder-for-hire plot prosecutors said was connected to the Pagan motorcycle gang and created to prevent her from exposing a vast illegal opioid pill distribution operation. Six others were also charged with racketeering Tuesday in connection with the scheme.

The Atlantic County prosecutor's office said that it believes Kauffman's killing resulted after divorce discussions took a bitter turn. On Tuesday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said the woman's husband, James Kauffman, feared she would go to police about his longstanding ties to the Pagan's Motorcycle Club, which helped the endocrinologist operate an illegal prescription drug network.

Authorities say prior to 2011, James Kauffman and Augello had a relationship which centered on James Kauffman's medical practice. Both Augello and Kauffman were charged with racketeering charges.

Kauffman has long maintained his innocence and denies any involvement in his wife's death, his attorney Ed Jacobs told Philly. Mullholland would later die of a drug overdose.

She allegedly found out her husband was running a prescription drug dealing operation with the aid of the Pagans and threatened to expose him if Kauffman did not agree to a divorce, reports the New York Post.

Three other people - Joseph Mulholland, 52, of the Villas in Cape May County; Beverly Augello, 47, of Summerland Key, Florida; and Glen Seeler, 37, of Sanford, North Carolina - also face first-degree racketeering charges for their alleged roles in the scheme.

During the early morning hours of May 10, 2012, Frank Mullholland received a ride to the Kauffmans home and was given a gun, officials said.

Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office investigators as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local police officers searched his home and office that day.

Kim Pack, who was 29 years old when her mother was murdered, vowed to never give up fighting for justice.

"I have been waiting patiently for justice, and today I was lucky enough to be granted justice", Pack said.

"For the first time today, I feel like I can actually breathe", she said.

"The doors were left open and Frank Mulholland was given a gun to carry out his task".

James Kauffman, 68, of Linwood, a small town outside Atlantic City, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder more than five years after his wife, local radio host April Kauffman, was found dead inside their home.

On June 13, when police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived to execute a search warrant at his Ocean Heights Avenue medical office, Kauffman pulled out a 9 mm handgun, leading to a 45-minute standoff before he eventually surrendered. A hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender.