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12 January 2018, 08:48 | Opal Carroll
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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.
After five years, no suspects and countless rumors, Dr. James Kauffman has been charged with the 2012 murder for hire of his wife, April Kauffman, in a case involving a widespread drug conspiracy and the Pagans motorcycle gang. Six other people have also since been arrested, and face racketeering charges linked to this case.
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. Both Augello and Kauffman were charged with racketeering charges. He went inside, shot April Kauffman twice, killing her, and then left. Tyner said he died of an overdose in 2013. She was also a radio host, entrepreneur and hairdresser.
She allegedly found out her husband was running a prescription drug dealing operation with the aid of the Pagans and threatened to expose him if Kauffman did not agree to a divorce, reports the New York Post. Also charged is Ferdinand Augello, 61, a business partner of Kauffman's accused of hiring a killer by the name of Frank Mulholland for at least $20,000.
During the early morning hours of May 10, 2012, Frank Mullholland received a ride to the Kauffmans home and was given a gun, officials said.
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.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today regarding Dr. James Kauffman.
April Kauffman's daughter, Kimberly Pack, who had long alleged that her stepfather killed her mother, said the death "forever changed my life". "Suffice it to say that Dr. Kauffman has consistently denied any involvement whatsoever in the homicide of his wife", Jacobs said by telephone. Those who received them either used the drugs or sold them, authorities said.
Prosecutors said the drug empire lasted until June, when Kauffman was arrested on weapons charges at his Egg Harbor Township office. "I have been waiting patiently for justice and today I was luckily enough to be granted justice".
"As you can imagine today is a very, very hard day for me and my family... a lot of mixed emotions", said Pack.
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". Her body was discovered by a handyman who cared for pet birds in the couple's home in the suburb of Atlantic City.
Authorities brought in a hostage negotiator and ultimately brought Kauffman into custody on weapons charges.
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