7 INDIVIDUALS INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER OF APRIL KAUFFMAN, CONSPIRACY & RACKETERRING


Tabitha Chapman
Beverly Augello

MAYS LANDING – Following a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and multiple law enforcement agencies, 7 individuals were indicted Tuesday

Paul Pagano
Glenn Seeler
Joseph Mulholland
Ferdinand Augello
Cheryl Pizza

in connection to the murder of April Kauffman, as well as, conspiracy and racketeering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

“Tuesday, an Atlantic County Grand Jury took a critical step towards rendering justice to April Kauffman and her family. Ferdinand Augello was indicted for the murder of April Kauffman, racketeering and drug charges. This office looks forward to presenting the facts of this case to a jury for them to determine culpability for this heinous scheme,” Prosecutor Tyner said.

The following individuals have been indicted on the following charges:

1) Ferdinand Augello, 61, Petersburg, NJ

1st degree Leader of a Drug Trafficking Network

1st degree Racketeering

Murder (April Kauffman)

Attempted Murder (James Kauffman)

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

2) Joseph Mulholland, 52, Villas

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

3) Beverly Augello, 47, Summerland Keys, FL

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

4) Glenn Seeler, 37, Sanford, NC

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

5) Paul Pagano, 61, Egg Harbor Township

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

6) Tabitha Chapman, 35, Absecon

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

7) Cheryl Pizza, 36, Murrells Inlet, SC

1st degree Racketeering

Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state.

Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. James Scoppa Jr. and FBI Special Agent Daniel A. Garrabrant are the lead investigators on the case.

The investigation and arrests were the result of a joint operation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Somers Point and Lower Township police departments and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

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***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.***

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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