Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

Augello faces charges related to April's murder, as well as racketeering charges.

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.

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.

Kauffman, who faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree racketeering, denies involvement in his wife's death.

The suspect has continued to stress that he was not involved in his wife' death.

Opioids, biker gangs, divorce and murder-for-hire: it's a story that a daughter, still grieving over her mother's murder, doesn't believe is real. "He was intent to have her killed as opposed to losing his financial empire, as he described it to several individuals", said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner.

Kauffman was also charged with conspiracy and racketeering.

Kauffman's attorney, Ed Jacobs, said he had not officially been informed of the charges but said Kauffman has long maintained his innocence. It wasn't immediately known if Augello or any of the other defendants had lawyers to represent them.

Pack was 29 when her mother was killed.

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"As you can imagine today is a very, very hard day for me and for my family", Pack told reporters.

"I have been waiting patiently for justice, and today I was lucky enough to be granted justice", Pack said, adding, "I think for the first time, today I can actually breathe". His claim was turned down because prosecutors couldn't provide a letter saying he wasn't considered a suspect.

Augello would receive either $1,000 cash per script or a predetermined number of pills once the script was filled, the prosecutor's office said in a lengthy press release.

According to various reports, the investigators found the doctor used to write free prescriptions to people who were referred to his office by Augello, which would include drugs that were high in demand, such as percocet, oxycontin and oxycodone.

But Tyner also said at the time that the raid involved the ongoing investigation into Kauffman's murder. Tyner says she threatened to expose him in an effort to gain a favorable divorce settlement.

"The doors were left open and Frank Mulholland was given a gun to carry out his task". April Kauffman, 47, was shot twice, and her body was found by a handyman. They were unsuccessful for a year until, in 2012, Augello found Francis "Frank" Mullholland, a cousin of Pagan associate Joseph Mullholland, and a member of the drug enterprise, officials said.

Authorities say April allegedly attempted to spend as much money as she could until a divorce was granted, authorities revealed on Tuesday. The operation finally folded when Kauffman was arrested on weapons charges following a standoff with police at his Egg Harbor Township medical office on June 13, 2017. A hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender.

Many people from the quiet town of Linwood, New Jersey are breathing a sigh of relief now that an arrest has been made in the death of April Kauffman.

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