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Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

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.

According to the court documents, Kauffman was running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with the biker gang and chose to take extreme measures after his wife threatened to expose the racket.

As part of the operation, James Kauffman and 61-year-old Ferdinand Augello of Petersburg, New Jersey worked with the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and used his medical practice to illegally distribute drugs, prosecutors say. One more twist: Augello also is charged with conspiring to try to kill James Kauffman. Augello faces charges related to April's murder, as well as racketeering charges.

But Tyner also said at the time that the raid involved the ongoing investigation into Kauffman's murder. 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. Investigators at the time said the manner of death was an accidental drug overdose.

In the summer of 2011, April Kauffman wanted a divorce and after James Kauffman objected she threatened to expose the drug ring, Tyner said.

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After some time, when he did not return, his friends took the call and informed the family that Jain was untraceable. The family was shown the footage in which he was seen leaving the campus on foot.

Biker Ferdinand Augello has also been implicated in the crimes and allegedly "propositioned a number of individuals to murder April Kauffman".

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI and the Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Somers Point and Lower Township police departments all collaborated on the investigation. "Suffice it to say that Dr. Kauffman has consistently denied any involvement whatsoever in the homicide of his wife", Jacobs said by telephone. "I have been waiting patiently for justice, and today I was lucky enough to be granted justice". Those with prescriptions would either sell the pills or take them, the prosecutor said. (Atlantic County, NJ, Prosecutor's office via AP) Kim Pack, daughter of murder victim April Kauffman, talks to the media at her attorney's office in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, after her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman, was charged in the murder, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Kimberly Pack says that her mother's death still haunts her and "forever changed [her] life". 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. He's already being held in the Atlantic County jail on weapons charges after brandishing a gun last June when authorities executed an early morning search warrant at his popular medical practice.

"As you can imagine today is a very, very hard day for me and my family... a lot of mixed emotions", said Pack. She was found shot to death - and face down - in a second-floor bedroom. Kauffman pointed a 9mm Ruger handgun at officers and a hostage negotiator was brought in, Tyner said.


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