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James Kauffman: Murder Charge for Doctor Accused of Having Wife Killed

James Kauffman: Murder Charge for Doctor Accused of Having Wife Killed

For almost six years, Kimberly Pack pushed and prodded authorities to investigate her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman, for the fatal shooting of her mom, who was found dead on May 10, 2012, in her home on the Jersey Shore.

A doctor from New Jersey, who was accused of hiring a person to kill his wife after she threatened to divorce and expose him for running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with Pagans motorcycle gang, was charged Tuesday. Six others were also charged with racketeering Tuesday in connection with the scheme.

James Kauffman, 68, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week to face charges of first-degree murder and first-degree racketeering, said Donna Weaver, public information officer for the county prosecutor. He is also charged with conspiring to murder James Kauffman.

Kauffman and Augello knew each other prior to 2011, and the scheme carried on until authorities searched Kauffman's office and residences in June 2017, authorities said. "He went inside and shot April Kauffman-twice", Tyner explained.

Tyner said Mullholland, who said he got about $20,000 in cash, was later found dead of a drug overdose. "As a victim, May 10, 2012, forever changed my life".

Augello, at the behest of Kauffman, solicited a number of people to kill the doctor's wife, Tyner said. According to authorities, Dr. Kauffman enlisted the help of Ferdinand Augello, who allegedly was a key player in the drug ring.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today regarding Dr. James Kauffman.




On the day of April's murder, it is believed that Francis Mullholland received a ride to the Kauffman residence in the early morning hours of May 10, 2012.

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.

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.

Pack was 29 when her mother was killed. "I think it puts the towns head to rest a little bit", said Linda Mullin, of Linwood. "I have been waiting patiently for justice and today I was luckily enough to be granted justice".

Apart from Dr. Kauffman and Augello, Joseph Mulholland of Villas, New Jersey; Beverly Augello; Glenn Seeler of Sanford, North Carolina; Paul Pagano of Egg Harbor Township; Tabitha Chapman of Absecon, New Jersey; and Cheryl Pizza of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, were also arrested in connection to the case. She was found shot to death - and face down - in a second-floor bedroom.

Kauffman's practice was shut down last summer after authorities executed a search warrant and raid and he brandished a 9 mm gun and shouted "I'm not going to jail for this".

Authorities brought in a hostage negotiator and ultimately brought Kauffman into custody on weapons charges.


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