Slain radio host, dirty doc, and Pagans - Bizarre timeline in Kauffman case

Joseph Mullholland

Tyner said on Tuesday that Dr. James Kauffman, 68, was afraid his wife would go to authorities about a drug enterprise he was allegedly helping to operate with members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club, an outlaw bike gang.

In August, Tyner said that subpoenas issued by the state to the municipalities of Margate, Atlantic City and Ventnor requesting employee health benefits information was partially related to the search of Kauffman's office. James Kauffman faces murder and other charges in the shooting death of April Kauffman.

Investigators say Kauffman used Pagans associate Joseph Mulholland to recruit Frank Mulholland to commit the murder inside the Kauffman's Linwood home.

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.

The Atlantic County prosecutor's office, which investigated the case along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, said James Kauffman and Augello presided over an illegal opioid network that was run out of Kauffman's office through an alliance with the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. The drug scheme continued until Kauffman's arrest in June on weapons charges at his office.

Kauffman "was intent to have her killed, as opposed to losing his financial empire", Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner said at a press conference Tuesday. "He was unsuccessful for nearly a year and James Kauffman was getting restless when Ferdinand Augello found Francis Mulholland".

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.

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

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

"As you can imagine today is a very, very hard day for me and my family... a lot of mixed emotions", said Pack. His claim was turned down because prosecutors couldn't provide a letter saying he wasn't considered a suspect.

April Kauffman was a local businesswoman who hosted weekly talk shows and advocated for military veterans. She received the award a few days before being murdered.

Augello allegedly received a cash payment of $1,000 per prescription or a predetermined number of pills once the script was filled.

April Kauffman was shot to death in her bedroom more than five years ago. Tyner says she threatened to expose him in an effort to gain a favorable divorce settlement. 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.

Mullholland originally was identified as a cousin of a member of the motorcycle gang, but a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office later said that was incorrect.

Authorities say April allegedly attempted to spend as much money as she could until a divorce was granted, authorities revealed on Tuesday. He allegedly yelled at police officers, "I'm not going to jail for this", while waving around a handgun. A hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender.

Kauffman's medical license was suspended in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and he was indicted on gun charges.

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