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Augello tapes weave tale of Mexican cartel, plot to kill Kauffman

MAYS LANDING — At the state’s behest, Andrew Glick told his friend and fellow Pagans motorcycle club member Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello that a Mexican drug cartel was willing to take out James Kauffman in jail to avoid losing one of their best clients.

Glick took the stand again during the third day of the April Kauffman murder trial Wednesday.

In several secretly recorded conversations with Augello — the only man left alive charged in the May 10, 2012, murder of April Kauffman — Glick tells Augello he has someone who will poison the doctor’s commissary and the two discuss when and how it would happen.

“I brought it up that I had been approached by the people that I had been in business with ... that they had offered their assistance,” Glick told Atlantic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy.

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Former Pagan testifies in April Kauffman murder trial

MAYS LANDING — Opening statements for the April Kauffman murder trial are taking place Monday in Atlantic County Superior Court.

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Former Pagan 'Egyptian' charged with witness tampering in Kauffman trial

An Egg Harbor Township man and former Pagans motorcycle gang leader is in jail following charges of witness tampering and invasion of privacy in the upcoming April Kauffman murder trial, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday.

John “Egyptian” Kachbalian, 55, of the Bargaintown section, was arrested Thursday by Egg Harbor Township police and the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at his home. In addition to witness tampering and invasion of privacy, Kachbalian was charged with cyber harassment, Tyner said in a press release.

According to the complaint against Kachbalian, the charges are related to several recent Facebook posts.

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Witnesses named ahead of April Kauffman murder case

MAYS LANDING — Next week, Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello will stand trial for the murder of Linwood’s April Kauffman, a veterans advocate and radio host found dead in her home in 2012.

Augello, 62, of Upper Township was charged in January along with April’s husband, James Kauffman, in the six-year-old murder case that captivated the region and was featured on national news. His alleged co-conspirator, James Kauffman, died in an apparent jailhouse suicide two weeks after the charges were announced.

Prosecutors have accused Augello, a retired Pagans motorcycle gang leader, local musician and sign maker, of hiring Francis Mulholland to kill April Kauffman at the request of James Kauffman. Mulholland died in 2013.

In addition to murder, the state alleges James Kauffman and Augello ran an illegal opioid drug ring out of James Kauffman’s office, and that Augello conspired to have James Kauffman killed after April’s death.

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Pagans may be planning a 'violent' expansion into North Jersey

The brutal beating of a Hells Angel associate in Newark late last month is part of a broader attempt by the Pagans Motorcycle Club (PMC) to expand its territory into northern New Jersey, NJ Advance Media has learned.

On April 24, a man who told police he just left the Hells Angels clubhouse on Clinton Avenue in Newark was beaten with a baseball bat as he was getting gas at a nearby station. 

Days later, Robert DeRonde turned himself into authorities and was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

DeRonde, 54, of Edison, is accused of hopping out of a pickup truck and then using an aluminum baseball bat to beat a man so bad that he left him hospitalized with three broken ribs, authorities said.

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7 accused Pagans, associates indicted in connection with April Kauffman killing

Nearly six years after a now-deceased doctor arranged for his wife to be killed to protect an illegal opioid pill distribution ring he ran with members of the Pagan motorcycle gang, seven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in the operation.

Ferdinand Augello has been indicted on charges that he killed radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman and attempted to kill her husband, James Kauffman. Augello was also indicted on a charge of being the leader of a drug trafficking network.

James Kauffman, a 69-year-old endocrinologist from Linwood, killed himself in the Hudson County jail in January, weeks after he was charged with orchestrating the murder-for-hire plot.

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Man accused in April Kauffman killing talks from jail: EXCLUSIVE

MAYS LANDING — Inside a dimly lit visitation room at the Atlantic County jail, Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello emerges from behind a locked, windowed room and walks to sit down at a small, round table.

His face is framed by an untrimmed gray goatee and dark gray hair down to the middle of his back, held back by a pair of reading glasses. He sits down, slightly hunched over, and rests his arms on the table, palms down and fingers interlocked.

Exposed under his off-white thermal shirt beneath his orange jail outfit are his arm tattoos: “Pagans M.C.” surrounded by orange flames, and another fire-encircled tattoo that reads “1%.”

Augello, 61, charged with murder and racketeering in the 2012 death of April Kauffman, didn't deny his onetime involvement with the Pagans, a national outlaw motorcycle club formed in 1959 in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

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The Pagan's Motorcycle Club still rides, wreaks havoc at Jersey Shore

The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club was never the biggest outlaw motorcycle club in the nation, but members liked to think that, pound-for-pound, none was tougher.

 

Three Pagans, one former member said, could “do anything,” and if there are more, well, that’s even better, or worse for whoever is in their way.

“You give me six good Pagans and I could take over the country,” said James “Jimmy D” DeGregorio, a former high-ranking member of the Pagans in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area.

“They are a hard-core gang. Period. Small but mighty.”

 

The PMC, founded in Maryland in 1959,  was back in the news last week at the Jersey Shore for the usual reasons: accusations of drug dealing, murder plots, and an old, familiar problem that’s plagued the group for decades: undercover agents and confidential informants recording them.

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Doctor ordered radio host wife's killing to protect illegal drug ring, prosecutors say

A New Jersey endocrinologist hired a member of a motorcycle gang to kill his wife more than five years ago after she threatened to expose an illegal prescription drug ring the doctor was running with the gang, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced murder charges against James Kauffman, 68, in the May 2012 death of his wife, April. Ferdinand Augello, 61, a member of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was also charged with murder in April Kauffman's death -- and was also charged with trying to have James Kauffman killed.

Six other members of the gang were charged in connection with the drug ring.

Prosecutors said that Kauffman gave free prescriptions to people sent by Augello and that Augello would receive $1,000 per script or a number of pills after the script was filled. Those that received them either used the drugs or sold them.

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Freehold man had chemicals, pipes, fuses and books on how to make bombs: prosecutor

FREEHOLD - A man alleged to belong to the Pagan's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang not only had weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, chemical compounds, pipes and fuses in his Freehold home when authorities raided it last month, he also had books with instructions on how to make bombs, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A former housemate of Anthony Corraro, worried about the materials in the house and concerned that Corraro was unstable due to drug use, tipped off authorities about the arsenal last month, said Christopher Decker, an assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.

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'What if these materials were not discovered?'' Decker said at a detention hearing for Corraro. "What if this individual didn't step up to law-enforcement? What if?

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