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Man accused in April Kauffman killing, drug ring court appearance postponed
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Man accused in April Kauffman killing, drug ring court appearance postponed

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MAYS LANDING — The status conference for the only man left alive who is charged with murder in the 2012 killing of April Kauffman was postponed Thursday.

Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, 62, of Upper Township, an alleged Pagans motorcycle gang leader, has been rescheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. June 7 before Judge Bernard DeLury in Atlantic County Superior Court.

No information was available about why it was postponed, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Augello is accused of hiring a hitman to kill April Kauffman — a move prosecutors say was motivated by her now-deceased husband Dr. James Kauffman’s desire to hide an opioid drug ring he ran through his Egg Harbor Township medical practice with Augello, who pleaded not guilty during his arraignment April 19.

Augello has been indicted on charges of murder of April Kauffman, the attempted murder of James Kauffman and leading the alleged drug-trafficking network.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy, who is representing the state in this case, said at Augello’s arraignment there is a plea offer for Augello on the charges of murder, attempted murder and racketeering.

Six other defendants in the case pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, distribution of drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs as part of the drug ring.

Joseph Mulholland, 52, of the Villas section of Lower Township

Beverly Augello, 48, of Summerland Keys, Florida

Glenn Seeler, 38, of Sanford, North Carolina

Paul Pagano, 51, of Egg Harbor Township

Tabitha Chapman, 35, of Absecon

Cheryl Pizza, 37, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Those defendants were previously released from jail by DeLury pending trial, while Augello remains in the Atlantic County jail.

Levy said they were all offered plea deals for first-degree racketeering, which could carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. Pagano, Mulholland, Chapman and Seeler have status conferences scheduled for June 14, along with co-defendant Beverly Augello, the ex-wife of Ferdinand Augello. Pizza is scheduled for a June 13 conference.

Contact: 609-272-7241 MBilinski@pressofac.com Twitter ACPressMollyB

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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