MAYS LANDING — The ex-wife of alleged Pagans leader Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Superior Court to racketeering charges related to the 2012 murder of April Kauffman.
Beverly Augello, 48, of Summerland Key, Florida, is the first of seven defendants in the case to be arraigned after their April 3 indictment.
Augello was released from jail in February pending trial and ordered to stay in Atlantic and Cape May counties. She is charged with racketeering, distribution of drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs for her alleged involvement in an opioid drug ring prosecutors say her ex-husband and James Kauffman ran out of Kauffman’s Egg Harbor Township medical office.
According to the affidavits in the case, Beverly Augello allegedly handled the money James Kauffman used to pay Freddy Augello for hiring the now-deceased hitman, Francis Mulholland, of the Villas section of Lower Township, to kill April Kauffman.
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Ferdinand Augello, alongside public defenders Mary Linehan and Omar Aguilar, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder in the killing of April Kauffman, attempted murder of James Kauffman and leading a drug trafficking network out of James Kauffman’s medical practice in front of Judge Bernard DeLury in Atlantic County Criminal Court on Thursday morning. Thursday, April 19
Media cameras set up for Dr. James Kauffman first court appearance charged in murder for hire of wife April, and drug ring conspiracy with Pagan outlaw motorcycle gang at Atlantic County Criminal Court Thursday Jan 11, 2018. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)
Ferdinand Augello, left, Paul Pagano and Tabitha Chapman make their first court appearances via video Thursday before Judge Bernard DeLury in the April Kauffman murder-for-hire case. Eight people were charged total, most of them members or associates of the Pagans motorcycle gang.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, speaks to the media after Kauffman's first court appearance charged in murder for hire of wife April, and drug ring conspiracy with Pagan outlaw motorcycle gang at Atlantic County Criminal Court Thursday Jan 11, 2018. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)