A 36-year-old Murrells Inlet woman was recently arrested in connection with a 2012 murder case involving the death of a former radio talk show host.
Cheryl Pizza is charged with second-degree racketeering in connection with the case, according to NJ.com. The case involved a doctor allegedly paying another man to kill his wife, who was found dead in May 2012, NJ.com reports, citing Atlantic County, New Jersey prosecutors as the charges were announced Tuesday.
Dr. James Kauffman, a 69-year-old endocrinologist from Linwood, New Jersey and Ferdinand Augello, 62, of Petersburg, New Jersey were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and racketeering in connection with April Kauffman’s death, according to NBC 10.
April Kauffman planned to divorce her husband and expose his alleged drug operation with the Pagans motorcycle gang, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kauffman, who was 47 when she was killed, was found shot in the New Jersey home she shared with her husband, Atlantic County prosecutors say.
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Through his attorney, Kauffman denied any involvement in the murder, the Inquirer reports. Prosecutors allege the drug ring continued for five years up until James Kauffman was arrested in June 2017 as authorities searched his home and medical practice.
The Inquirer reports Kauffman was allegedly armed withe a 9 mm gun and had a 45-minute standoff with police before his arrest. The man who allegedly fired the deadly shots that ended April Kauffman’s life died of a drug overdose in 2013, according to an Atlantic County prosecutor.
Others arrested in the case include: Joseph Mulholland, 52, of the Villas in Cape May County; Beverly Augello, 47, of Summerland Key, Florida; and Glen Seeler, 37, of Sanford, North Carolina, who each face first-degree racketeering charges. Paul Pagano, 61, of Egg Harbor Township; Tabitha Chapman, 35, of Absecon, New Jersey are each charged with second-degree racketeering, according to PhillyVoice.com.