Kauffman detention hearing

Dr. James Kauffman in court when judge granted the state’s motion ordering Kauffman to detainment until trial Monday, June 19.

ERIN GRUGAN / Staff Photographer///

An arraignment for Egg Harbor Township endocrinologist Dr. James Kauffman, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kauffman, of Linwood, was indicted earlier this month on weapons charges and one obstruction charge stemming from a June 13 search warrant executed by the Prosecutor’s Office, with FBI agents and local police agencies.

The Prosecutor’s Office did not give a reason for the postponement but said a new date will be provided when it becomes available. Kauffman was set to appear before Judge Bernard DeLury in Atlantic County Criminal Court.

Kauffman, 68, has been in custody since his arrest in June after a 45-minute armed standoff with police as they attempted to execute a search warrant at his medical office.

During the incident, Kauffman drew a Ruger 9mm handgun and pointed it toward his chest while police negotiated with him, authorities said.

He eventually surrendered, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow-point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.

Kauffman was married to veterans’ advocate and radio host April Kauffman when she was found slain in their home in 2012. The doctor has not been named as a suspect in the case, and authorities have said the June 13 warrants were unrelated to their ongoing investigation into the homicide.

In early August, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said the search of Kauffman’s office in June was partially related to an investigation of alleged prescription drug-compounding fraud involving public employees in Atlantic City, Margate and Ventnor.

Drug compounding is a process in which a pharmacist or doctor alters or mixes ingredients into a custom drug, according to the federal Food & Drug Administration.

Little information has been released about the county’s investigation, but federal authorities also have been investigating health-benefits fraud in three Absecon Island municipalities, including Atlantic City, during the past few months and have made five plea agreements with individuals involved in the scheme.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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