A former Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang leader turned informant testified Monday against his former Pagan member, Ferdinand Augello, saying he heard that Augello was shopping around for a gunman to kill radio host April Kauffman.
Augello and Kauffman’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted April Kauffman dead because her husband was afraid that she would divorce him or blackmail him about the OxyContin ring that he and Augello ran, said Andrew “Chef” Glick, a former Pagan chapter president.
“He wasn’t going to give her half of his wealth, which was almost $5 million,” Glick testified.
Glick, who admitted selling OxyContin as part of the drug ring, was the first witness after opening arguments in Augello’s trial in Superior Court in Atlantic City. Augello and James Kauffman were charged with the April Kauffman’s 2012 murder.
Prosecutors said the men wanted to stop her from exposing a drug ring they ran with the gang. To kill her, Augello allegedly hired Francis Mulholland, 46, of Lower Township, who investigators say broke into the Kauffman’s Linwood home on May 10, 2012, and shot her twice.
Chief Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Seth Levy told jurors Monday they will “hear the truth screaming at you” during the trial. He sought to cast Augello as the ringleader of “an empire” that clashed with that of Kauffman’s, “an empire built on lies.”
Augello “had people responsible to him, that owed him their allegiance” and their silence about the no-questions-asked Oxy prescriptions that James Kauffman would provide, Levy said. “The pills flow through him.”
Levy said two of the people who knew the secret are dead, and the living one blabbed to a confidential informant.
“Three people can keep a secret, if two are dead,” Levy repeated several times during his opening.
Augello sat quietly, blinking slowly, alternating between letting his long gray mane down and putting it up in a ponytail.
Lead defense attorney Mary Linehan countered that prosecutors think their case is “just too big to fail.”
She accused investigators of “moving people around like chess pieces” and said the prosecutor’s office ignored a state division of consumer affairs complaint about red-flag prescriptions coming from Kauffman’s office (as an endocrinologist, he would normally prescribe hormone supplements, but not painkillers).
Glick testified that he turned down the offer to kill April Kauffman but Augello, who he called “Miserable,” asked him to ask around, see if someone else would do it.
The murder drew the attention of “Jersey Jim,” the leader of the Pagans in the state, who arranged a meeting to ask the Atlantic and Cape May county Pagans about the killing.
“If I told the truth, I would’ve gotten my ass handed to me, beaten and my jacket taken,” he said.
MAYS LANDING — Opening statements for the April Kauffman murder trial are taking place Monday in Atlantic County Superior Court.
4:10 p.m.: Recording is over and Levy said that he has further inquiry for Glick, which is rather significant, and they are adjourning until tomorrow.
4:00 p.m.: In the recording, Augello seems curious about what investigators were saying about his connection but denies being involved.
“I’m sorry I ever doubted you,” Augello told Glick in the recording.
“Half the stuff I wouldn’t feed my dog,” Glick tells Augello of the food in jail, which is something Augello himself has also said complaining about jail conditions since his arrest
3:30 p.m.: In the conversation, Glick tells Augello about his arrest and the Jacobs letter. “This guy, Garrabrant, said that Jacobs sent the FBI a letter stating ‘we have information pertaining to’ your name, Ferdinand, and Francis and it said pertaining to the crime of whatever against April.”
Augello can be heard asking how they had his name. Glick told Augello that Jacobs was trying to deflect attention from Kauffman to Augello.
Glick then told Augello “You apparently did sign work for her and she didn’t pay you.” Augello said he did go there, but “she was cheap” and he didn’t do the work.
Augello then asked Glick if he believed the letter was legitimate.
Glick told Augello that he didn’t “rat” but that investigators knew more than they should have.
In the recording, Augello said he didn’t know Kauffman and that he wasn’t a patient of his. Glick then said that Kauffman probably gave up the names.
Augello said again in the recording that he didn’t know Kauffman.
3:15 p.m.: DeLury said that cross examination will be saved for tomorrow, so they expect today’s proceedings to finish up at 4:15 p.m.
Glick was back on the stand for testimony with questions from Levy.
Levy then said he would play a meet between Glick and Augello from Nov. 9, 2017. The “meet” was just a few days after Glick’s arrest in early November from drugs and weapons charges.
2:45 p.m.: After about an hour, the recording ended and court is taking a recess.
Glick said in the video that he is telling his attorney everything so they can give him the best possible defense, and he tells Drinhouser he told Augello that the prosecutor’s office targeted him because they believe he had pertinent information about the murder of April Kauffman.
2:20 p.m.: The jury continues to listen to the recording. Glick mentions in the recording that Augello did not think he could be connected to Kauffman.
“He believes wholeheartedly that they cannot connect him to the doc, even though his name was on the paper,” Glick said in the recording.
1:40 p.m.: Court is back in session and the jury is listening to a recording between Joseph “Plow” Drinhouser, a member of the Pagans and Andrew Glick. The recording is from Nov. 24, 2017 and is said to have taken place at Glick’s home.
“They did this to me because they believe I knew everything,” Glick told Drinhouser in the recording about law enforcement arresting him in November.
The two discussed whether they thought 20 people about the murder including people called “Red Neck” and “Fender Bender”
12:00 p.m.: Levy said the court is going to listen to a recording with Joseph “Plow” Drinhouser, a member of the Pagans.
11:49 a.m.: On the day of April Kauffman’s murder, Glick said his wife told him about the murder.
She said, “your doctor, his wife was just murdered,’” Glick said. “I was pretty freaked out … My heart dropped into my stomach. ”
Glick said he was told he could keep all the pills if he paid Augello $900. Glick also said that Kauffman called Augello “Hollywood.”
Glick said that Ferdinand Augello agreed to let Glick in on the drug ring, and he visited Dr. James Kauffman. Glick said Kauffman did prescribe him medication for diabetes, and also Oxy. He paid Kauffman $100 cash.
“He put it in his pocket,” Glick said.
Glick then said that Kauffman upped the cost to $500 per prescription after April’s death.
It’s unclear which photos Levy is showing to Andrew Glick because Levy is not holding them up first.
11:08 a.m.: Glick’s testimony regards joining a motorcycle club. Glick said he was a member of a “support club” before joining the Pagans as a “prospect” in 2006.
“I was the treasurer, vice president and president,” Glick said of his role with the Cape May chapter of the Pagans motorcycle club.
11:00 a.m.: Court has resumed and Andrew Glick is being called as the first witness.
In addition, Glick also received payments from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI for his “security and relocation” for cooperating in the state’s case.
10:35 a.m.: Judge Bernard DeLury ordered a mid-morning break. Court will resume in 20 minutes.
10:20 a.m.: Attorney Mary Linehan, who is leading Ferdinand Augello’s defense, started her opening statements for the defense with an analogy of “too big to fail” businesses.
“The ACPO thinks its prosecution is just too big to fail,” Linehan said.
Linehan said that April Kauffman died violently at the hands of her husband Jim Kauffman.
“And this much has been known since 2012,” she said.
Linehan went over information presented in the search warrant for Kauffman’s medical practice, which showed law enforcement had information about the death of April Kauffman long before 2017.
10:10 a.m.: Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy starts explaining the charge against Augello of conspiracy to commit the murder of James Kauffman after Kauffman’s June 2017 arrest.
“There goes the drugs, the easy money is done. But more important, is he going to say what he knows to law enforcement?” Levy said.
Levy brought up former Pagans member Andrew Glick, also a confidential informant for the prosecutor’s office.
“The only reason that Andrew Glick is going to testify before you is because he got caught and he doesn’t want to go to jail,” Levy said.
“Andrew Glick is a rat, he’s a snitch,” Levy said. “Ratting on this drug dealer, snitching on this murder, might be the most honest selfless thing Andrew has done his entire life.”
9:55 a.m.: Opening statements have begun.
“On the face you might think there are no two more different people,” Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy said of James Kauffman and Fred Augello. “And yet in their mutual greed they found common ground.”
Levy said Augello offered $10,000 of his $50,000 cut from Kauffman to kill April.
“Frank was desperate too, he was a heroin addict,” Levy said of Francis Mulholland, the now deceased alleged hitman.
Joe Mulholland dropped off Francis Mulholland by the Kauffman house, Levy said, detailing the morning of the murder.
“April Kauffman had been murdered, she had been silenced. The Oxys can flow,” Levy said.
Levy said Augello fancies himself a criminal mastermind.
9:40 a.m.: Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner walked into the courtroom.
9:15 a.m.: Former Pagans motorcycle club leader Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, 62, of Upper Township, enters the courtroom. He’s the only person left alive who is charged in Kauffman’s 2012 death.
The jurors shook their heads “yes” when asked if they were able to stay away from media accounts during the weekend.
Former Pagans motorcycle club leader Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, 62, of Upper Township, is the only man left alive who is charged in Kauffman’s 2012 death.
Augello is also charged with conspiracy to murder Dr. James Kauffman and leading an opioid drug ring out of James Kauffman’s medical practice.
Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. said he expects the trial to take two weeks with a third week reserved for jury deliberations.
The case is being prosecuted by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy. Attorney Mary Linehan is leading Augello’s defense.
Eight men and seven women were chosen after two days of jury selection Tuesday and Wednesday to make up the panel of 12 jurors plus three alternates.
Authorities allege Augello, a longtime local sign maker, and endocrinologist James Kauffman, of Linwood, conspired to hire a hitman to kill Kauffman’s wife, April, to avoid both her exposing the doctor’s drug ring and a costly divorce.
Kauffman died in January in his Hudson County jail cell, two weeks after he was charged in her murder. Francis Mulholland, the hitman authorities believe killed April, died in October 2013 from a drug overdose in his home in the Villas section of Lower Township.