A New Jersey talk radio host is dead after her husband hired a hitman to kill her before she informed authorities about his involvement — along with a biker gang — in operating a drug trafficking ring, according to prosecutors.
As the New York Post reported, a total of seven suspects were indicted on charges initially announced earlier this year.
Six of the alleged conspirators are facing charges including racketeering and drug-related offenses. Authorities say the seventh, Ferdinand Augello, was operating a drug ring with Dr. James Kauffmann, who was married to victim April Kauffman.
Aguello faces charges including murder and leading a drug-trafficking network. The victim’s husband faced similar counts, but reports indicate he killed himself in his jail cell the same month those charges were announced.
Francis Mulholland, the man police say was ultimately recruited and fatally shot the victim in her home, has since died of an apparent drug overdose.
Prosecutors say Aguello was a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club when he and James Kauffman bean looking for a hitman to kill his wife, as reported by WABC.
April Kauffman, a businesswoman who also hosted a regular veteran-themed radio program, had reportedly threatened a divorce in 2011. Prosecutors say that led to increased acrimony between the two Kauffmans as April threatened not only to spend all of James’ money prior to the finalization of the divorce, but also to tell authorities what she knew about his illegal activity.
According to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner, James Kauffman said he would rather see his wife dead than lose “half his empire” to her.
[Featured image: Pictured clockwise from top left, Paul Pagano, Ferdinand Augello, Joseph Mulholland, Beverly Augello, Glenn Seeler, James Kauffman, Tabitha Chapman, Cheryl Pizza/Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office]