Augello Defense Rests

September 29, 2018

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Augello Defense Rests

Lawyers for retired Pagan Motorcycle Club member Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello rested Friday after calling one witness.

Lead attorney Mary Linehan examined an investigator named Jessica Bonner. Bonner testified that hundreds of anonymous phone calls by James Kauffman could have been made to a former Pagan named Glenn Seeler.

Many Bodies

Atlantic County prosecutor Seth Levy proved most of his case although he did not seem to prove the most important part of it. Levy seemed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the late Dr. James Kauffman was a bad man who did bad things, including selling drugs, defrauding Medicare and plotting his wife’s murder. He proved that the late April Kauffman was a kind, generous and beloved woman. He proved that April Kauffman was murdered. He established that the late Frank Mulholland shot her in the arm and the chest in the early morning hours of May 10, 2012. Finally, he proved that Augello had terrible taste in friends.

Augello’s road name is “Miserable” and there seems to be something about him that makes other people want to leave him holding the bag.

Friends Of Freddy Augello

Before he killed himself, James Kauffman, who actually handed the murder weapon to Frank Mulhooland, was negotiating with prosecutors to blame his wife’s murder on Augello. Kauffman stuck to his story to the end. In his suicide he suggests that Augello killed April Kauffman in a lover’s quarrel over a sign.

Five of Augello’s co-defendants – former Pagan Joseph Mulholland; former Pagan Glenn Seeler; Seeler’s ex-girlfriend Cheryl Pizza, Augello’s ex-wife Beverly Augello; and Tabitha Chapman all testified against Augello. Most of their testimony amounted to accusing him of sharing the shady underbelly of South Jersey with them.

Mulholland, who admitted to being an accessory to April Kauffman’s murder and who may have murdered the actual killer, his cousin, with a hotshot of heroin to keep him quiet tried to entrap Augello for two months before they were all arrested. Mostly he seems to have proved that Augello was a patient, loyal friend who doesn’t like to argue with idiots.

Another former Pagan named Andrew Glick tried to entrap Augello and testified against him for a week in order to get forty years of his life back after being caught red-handed with large amounts of guns, cash and drugs. He probably proved the same thing Mullholland proved. Levy called Glick’s testimony “the most honest, selfless thing Andrew has done his entire life.”

Bikers

This has been a state trial but it is the result of an FBI investigation. Augello has been charged because the FBI has a budget incentive under the “safe streets” program to pursue motorcycle clubs. Also, nothing makes for a big, sexy, high profile case like motorcycle outlaws. As Steve Earle put it, “some of you would live through me then lock me up and throw away the key.” The prosecution has and will play up the Pagans angle.

Yesterday, Levy entered into evidence two letters seized in a raid on the house of a retired Pagan named John “The Egyptian” Kachbalian. Kachbalian was arrested and has been held without bail for the last month because he defended Augello and called Mulholland, Seeler, Pizza, Beverly Augello and Chapman “rats” on Facebook. He is charged with first-degree witness tampering, cyber harassment, posting obscene material and invasion of privacy. Augello signed the letters “Miserable PMC 1%er.” So the jury heard once again that Augello is a Pagan.

Yesterday Linehan moved for a directed verdict of not guilty on the grounds that the state had not proved its case and Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. denied it.

Freddy Speaks

Augello did not testify in his own defense. “I really wanted to testify but the lawyers told me not to,” Augello said last night. “I told the judge I wanted to but I would go with the advice from the pros. I think she (Linehan) did a good job, It was much more than the local papers say. She did a good job with Scoppa and disclosed a lot of things that were incompetent – you wouldn’t believe.”

Closing argumants are Tuesday. Augello said “They are really invested in the Pagans aspect of this. I am expecting dramatic nonsense with my colors in hand in front of the jury.”

“One strange thing that Mary has been able to bring out in the courtroom, a lot, is that the FBI is in the background here and have done most of the work,,” Augello said. “They hold Scoppa’s hand. It is creepy and she is creeped out by it. You would almost think I am some kind of Russian spy! I will tell you this, no matter what happens Tuesday I am not shutting up.”

“I am never giving up. I have meticulous notes on the fraud they have undertaken. They invested everything in Glick and created a false warrant. He had extreme first degree state and federal charges, He was caught with so much and it was all swept under the rug so he could be released from jail and be the pièce de résistance of the whole situation. After all of this the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office requests that he be detained at his detention hearing for the final fraudulent act and then, the judge releases him? Would they have risked his incarceration if they didn’t know 100 percent that the judge would release him?”

“Something is wrong here, extremely wrong. This case is so dirty, you can’t imagine. I know several people have alerted the Attorney General and the Governor of New Jersey already. I am never giving up whether inside or outside. I have been treated from the beginning of this case unjustly. The real key is, how much they are invested in creating this illusion about the Pagans MC. They, and the Feds, are trying to use my case as case law to prosecute motorcycle club members in RICO style cases. Stay tuned.”

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29 Responses to “Augello Defense Rests”

  1. rocco151 Says:

    @shovelhead +1

    I’m on this site to learn about the biker culture and to make sure I respect those in it when I come across them on the road….from this site I’ve learned that when in doubt, keep your mouth shut and your ears open…also, from observation and my travels, I’ve learned that the guys who think they “don’t know shit” are much wiser than those who think thy know it all ! As always, thanks to you and the other bikers on this site for the guidance !

  2. oldskewl Says:

    @Shovelhead, you hit the nail on the head.

    I come here because I thought for the most part people were who they say they were and I was able to connect with real people who share my ideology. As Rebel pointed out, others will assume your name and pretend to be you for whatever reasons I can’t imagine.

    I know for a fact some good people exist on here, real bikers not just internet heros and that’s what brings me back year after year.

    @ Neuro, Sonoma county, one of my many hometowns in recent years. We’ve probably each other in Spancky’s in Cotati and just don’t know it.

    Have a great day,

    OS

  3. Shovelhead Says:

    What the fuck…everyone should just be who they are! I for one, don’t know shit about shit. Nothing! I don’t know anyone and don’t care. If the pigs ever grab me, that’s what I say, I don’t know shit about shit.

    I don’t know Rebel, we live on opposite sides of America. I don’t think we’ll ever meet. I like Rebel, we have similar interests, that’s why I am here. What Rebel does in his off time I have no interest in.

    It’s like Famous people…actors. Never understood why people want to know about their personal life, who gives a shit. I like some characters actors play, but who they really are? Don’t care.

    So, that’s what I know, and it ain’t shit!

  4. Blackbird Says:

    I have always had a hard time believing Freddy is guilty of this. The local news has not been good for him. I saw a few statements made by ACPO in the press that simply don’t make sense. I have been reading here since I found this site about 5 weeks ago, I guess. Rebel thank you for covering this. It has helped me to know that I am not the only one who feel that Freddy could be innocent. I had actually been following the Kaufmann case as it pertains to a large healthcare scam here in SJ. I was shocked when I heard of Freddy’s arrest.

    Closing arguments will be tomorrow. Here is a link to the AC Press and from there you can find all the articles they have published. The only allow you to read ten per month, so I hit my limit.

    Also just for the record, Paul Pagano, also arrested back in Jan, did not testify against Freddy. My guess is that they didn’t have much on him and unable to convince him to turn on Freddy. I am watching for news there too.

  5. Paladin Says:

    Dear Rebel;

    I don’t have to say “shit” to be interesting. I’ve been called many things in my day, but up until now, cute hasn’t been one of them.

    Paladin

  6. Rebel Says:

    Dear Paladin,

    No. Don’t get cute. You either know something or you are just saying shit to be interesting.

    Rebel

  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear oldskewl,

    I believe I know who Gandalf is, his government name, where he works and where he did his time. I suppose somebody, for reasons I can’t imagine, has assumed the identity of the guy I believe Gandalf to be. Regardless, I do not believe he lives with his parents.

    Rebel

  8. Neuro Says:

    @ OS: Yes, Sonoma HomePride, again you are right.

  9. jrino Says:

    Paladin Says:
    October 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Dear Rebel;
    I have my sources as you do. And like you, I know more than I say.
    Long May You Ride,
    Your sources? are wrong like your ability to determine who to trust and I’m Not on farcebook so the other’s you speak of are not me.

  10. Oregon Moose Says:

    Regarding the original post – hopefully Mr. Augello’s defense team, in presenting just the one witness and in their cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses were able to create enough reasonable doubt that after closing arguments at least some members of the jury are inclined to dismiss. Seems like Pike and Portillo were fairly confident that they would be acquitted and were very surprised at the verdicts and quick return of the jury. Hopefully Mr. Augello is not similarly surprised.

    FTF/FTP

    Moose

  11. oldskewl Says:

    Paladin Says:
    October 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Dear Rebel;

    I have my sources as you do. And like you, I know more than I say.

    If that’s true than my ability to read people just went out the fucking window. Some guys are easy to pick off, Vince for instance…. He can change his name a hundred times over but his posts give him away within a couple days.

    Gandalf reminds me of someone “special” who lives with his parents, takes nappies and comes here whenever he gets a clean diaper.
    It does seem you know Jrino who up until now I thought was JJ (see, my people detector is off) but Neuro I don’t get as being the same person as Gandalf. Those two just don’t seem to write comparably in my opinion… Then again, it’s the internet.

    Have a great day,

    OS

  12. Neuro Says:

    Core delay.

  13. BigV Says:

    YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH PARANOIA

  14. Paladin Says:

    Dear Rebel;

    I have my sources as you do. And like you, I know more than I say.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  15. Rebel Says:

    Dear Paladin,

    Not that we couldn’t use an extra layer of fucking paranoia around here, but where did you get the idea that Gandalf, Neuro and Jrino are all the same person and that he is also named “Lee West?” What do you think you know that I don’t know?

    Rebel

  16. freebird Says:

    @ Paladin

    I hear what your saying….. I really do

    Guess what I was trying to say is, that is a long leap for this group of people. Someone would have to prove to me Brotherhood ever existed with them. If it did we would not be watching this mess unfold.

    But at least Freddy had 1 brother who understood… John “The Egyptian” Kachbalian

    The sad reality is all to often these days is that Brotherhood used to be a $20 word….. now it comes with a value meal for .99 cents

  17. Paladin Says:

    @ Johnny Rotten;

    Here’s your answer: https://www.facebook.com/gregoryleewest

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  18. 31st Says:

    What ever happened to Dignity? Honesty? Integrity?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo8ZsKYS10c

    Godspeed, Freddy.

  19. Paladin Says:

    freebird Says:
    September 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    @ Paladin

    “I am not convinced there ever was a ship to flee from….”

    The ship I spoke of is “Brotherhood”. When you board that ship, your boarding pass is your honor and integrity.

    There are heavy risks and consequences associated with certain endeavors. Having honor and integrity means that you understand and accept those risks and consequences when undertaking such endeavors. It also means that you ride the beef and keep your mouth shut if you don’t make your number and role craps. Those that turned against Augello are rats that left the aforementioned sinking ship.

    The fact that the analogy of my prior post was missed is worrisome.

    Paladin

  20. Johnny Rotten Says:

    who the fuck is this lee west fuck anyway?
    and why so cowardly as to need 3 identitys….
    must be a hoot at a party

    respects to those…

    Johnny

  21. Neuro Says:

    ” ‘Oy Vey!’ cried the Jew…”

  22. Gordo Says:

    Proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is required for conviction of a criminal defendant. A reasonable doubt exists when a factfinder cannot say with moral certainty that a person is guilty or a particular fact exists. It must be more than an imaginary doubt, and it is often defined judicially as such doubt as would cause a reasonable person to hesitate before acting in a matter of importance.

    Any such doubt by any juror or jurors should render a “NOT GUILTY” verdict

    Seems to me given Rebels updates there is a prejudice or bias by the Judge and prosecutor against Freddy because he is or was a member of a 1% motorcycle club

    Sadly it’s not what the truth is

    It’s what its perceived to be

    Prosecutors can put their version of facts before the jury even if the purported version is a lie or lies

    Wouldn’t be the 1st or last time an innocent defedent was wrongly convicted based on the lies put forward to a jury

    Thx for the update Rebel

  23. New England Rider Says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    LL&R,
    New England Rider

  24. Paladin Says:

    Lee West;

    Speak useful words or be silent.

    Paladin

  25. jrino Says:

    Paladin So “brothers till your end” interesting.

  26. Shovel Says:

    Look, it’s more than only rats throwing bikers out of the life boat. The CIA is eliminating the competition to their “favoured son, the Hell’s Angels. The CIA wants to continue dominating the International drugs trade including pins and dolls. Right now the CIA is in a war with the Zips and the Corsican and Lebanese. They need the H.A.

  27. freebird Says:

    @ Paladin

    I am not convinced there ever was a ship to flee from….

    If no one is credited with the saying:

    With friends like these, who needs enemies

    Freddy is 1st in line to that

  28. Paladin Says:

    As a kid, I was arrested with two of my “brothers” for the possession of, and for having been under the influence of marijuana. At my preliminary hearing the case against me was dismissed due to the search having been illegal. Prior to to my preliminary hearing my attorney informed me that my so called “brothers” that were arrested with me had both made deals and were going to testify against me. It was at that point that I realized that I was an only child.

    Whomever coined the phrase “Rats leaving a sinking ship” probably found himself in a similar situation to that of Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello.

    Paladin

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