Nearly six years after a now-deceased doctor arranged for his wife to be killed to protect an illegal opioid pill distribution ring he ran with members of the Pagan motorcycle gang, seven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in the operation.
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.
Kauffman had been moved to North Jersey from the Atlantic County jail after authorities learned of credible threats on his life.
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.
April Kauffman was found shot to death on April 10, 2012 in a bedroom of the Linwood home she shared with her husband.
The man who agreed kill 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 his request for a divorce.