Police executed three other search warrants at properties owned by or related to Dr. James Kauffman last week, in addition to two warrants at his Linwood home and Egg Harbor Township medical office, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Kauffman, a local endocrinologist whose wife, April, was found slain at their home in 2012, was arrested last week after an armed standoff with local law enforcement at his medical office as they attempted to execute a search warrant there. He remains in the Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing until a trial on weapons charges stemming from the standoff.
Kauffman’s attorney, Ed Jacobs, of Atlantic City, has not returned a request for comment.
In addition to the Ocean Heights Avenue medical office, a search warrant was executed that day on his car parked outside the office and at the Linwood home James Kauffman, 68, shared with April Kauffman.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed two other search warrants were also executed that day: at a home in Margate owned by James Kauffman’s mother, Ruth, and at Kauffman’s condominium at Symphony House in Philadelphia. All search warrants were issued by the state, not the federal government, although the FBI was involved in the execution, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said this week.
During the execution of the search warrants, about $100,000 in cash was recovered in Kauffman’s office, his Linwood home and the Philadelphia condominium, the prosecutor’s office said. While search warrants are sealed, the prosecutor has said they were searching for information related to medical fraud.
Jacobs said outside court Monday the warrants were also related to a homicide, but no further information was given.
Prior to the warrant execution, James Kauffman was in the spotlight in May, when Tyner made a motion to obtain a DNA sample from him in April Kauffman’s slaying case. The judge sealed the decision in that case. James Kauffman has never been named as a suspect or charged in connection with the death of his wife.
During an editorial board meeting Wednesday, Tyner said the judge’s decision to seal the evidence does not affect his office’s investigation of the murder.
“It just doesn’t matter, because our investigation was continuing. It was obviously carried out in the form of a search warrant and ultimately Jim Kauffman engaged in some activity that led to new criminal charges,” Tyner said.
Kauffman is held in the Atlantic County jail awaiting trial on weapons charges after Judge Bernard DeLury denied his release.
Kauffman is heard during the standoff on police body-camera video, which was released by the Prosecutor’s Office, saying, “I am not going to jail for this, I will kill myself.” After about 45 minutes, officers convinced Kauffman to put down the gun and exit the building. He was taken from the office for a psychiatric evaluation and later transferred to the jail.
He is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of hollow-point bullets and obstruction of administration of law.
Meanwhile, Jacobs, who after Monday’s ruling said he would appeal, has yet to do so.
According to new criminal justice reform laws, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has 90 days to secure an indictment, although that time is extended if there is an appeal. If an indictment is obtained, the state has 180 days to start a trial. There is an overall limit of two years from a detention order to the commencement of a trial, the law states.
Kauffman is a sole practitioner in Atlantic Endocrinology Associates in Egg Harbor Township. The practice specializes in diabetes, metabolism, thyroid, lipids, osteoporosis, weight management, pituitary, male and female hormones and glands, according to its website.
Kauffman is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington, Michigan, and a residency in endocrinology at Jefferson Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.
Staff Writer Claire Lowe contributed to this report.