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.