Trenton State Prison Book Review

February 19, 2020

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Trenton State Prison Book Review

Ferdinand “Freddy” “Miserable” Augello, some readers might know, was the last man standing in a criminal justice version of musical chairs. Now he is doing life without the possibility of parole at the New Jersey State Penitentiary in Trenton.

That’s Freddy at the top of this story. When he was free he liked to dress up like a mountain man and sleep in a tepee. He made guitars, rode his motorcycle, played in a mediocre band and wasted his sarcasm on his dog.

The back story to his conviction is easy to follow. Once upon a time a hot looking divorcee named April  Fovozzo, looked far and wide and found and married her prince. He was a doctor. He was rich. He bought her two corvettes and a motorcycle. He was a Green Beret in Vietnam. He hung out with interesting people like the Atlantic City Pagans. She became a veterans advocate with her own radio show His name was James Kauffman.

Ready for some complications? He was a phony. He was a draft dodger. He made his money in opioids and Medicare fraud. She found out. There are many stories about that moment in the Kauffans’ marriage. The most vanilla version, the Lifetime version, is that she was morally outraged to find out that he had not been a Green Beret and demanded a divorce. The story I have always liked best was that she counted and helped spend the money. They bought a money counter. As was their want, they bought the best bill counter money can buy. The FBI laid a trap. They fed Dr. Kauffman marked bills and waited. As soon as James Kauffman spent one of the bills the Feds would have a complete transaction. Instead they caught her. She slipped a couple of hundreds off the pile one day and went shopping. She was easy to flip. She already hated her husband because of his lies about Vietnam. It was embarrassing for a veterans advocate.

And she was murdered, in her bed, in the middle of the night. The trigger man was either James Kauffman or a guy named Joseph Mulholland using one of James Kauffman’s guns. The more sophisticated version is that James Kauffman killed his wife hours before Joseph Mulholland arrived.

Act Two

Let’s pile on more complications. A Pagan named Frank Mulholland drove Joseph to the murder scene and probably later killed him because he couldn’t keep quiet. Joseph died of a hot shot, a mortal drug overdose. He got the drugs from Frank. The case became one of South Jersey’s great whodunits for five years.

Then another Pagan named Andrew “Chef” Glick, yes he went to culinary school, was caught red-handed by the FBI with massive amounts of drugs. guns and cash. It was hard to explain away but in return for freedom Glick promised to solve the April Kauffman murder. It was James Kauffman and the Mulhollands.

“That’s not good enough. We got you on guns, drugs and money. Give us another Pagan!”

“Kaufmann, the Mulhollands and Freddy Augello.”

The FBI knew the case was flaky and they three it to the Atlantic County prosecutor, a former judge named Damon G. Tyner. Tyner is very ambitious and judging by numerous accusations against him he is also very dirty. Kaufman committed suicide. Frank Mulholland agreed to cooperate. Freddy was in a hurry to clear his name and get back home so he didn’t stall, which is what someone guilty would do. He was in a hurry to get to trial. His attorneys were Laurel and Hardy. That’s how Freddy won a cell in Trenton.

Final Credits

We correspond. I told him to stall. If he had just done the usual things, fire his lawyers over and over to continue the pretrial for example, he would still be in the Atlantic County jail and have a chance to someday be free, So now he writes me because he hopes I might help him.

A number of journalists have taken a bite out of his corpse. ABC did a true crime piece at Tyner’s request on 20/20.

A Philly television reporter has a new book out, titled The Doctor, the Hitman, and the Motorcycle Gang: The True Story of One of New Jersey’s Most Notorious Murder for Hire Plots

The author is Annie McCormick.

“Annie McCormick joined 6abc Action News in September of 2012 as a general assignment reporter. She came to Action News from Harrisburg where she was the weekend anchor and reporter.

“Prior to working in Harrisburg, Annie’s on-air career included reporting stops in Waco, TX and Albuquerque, NM. Annie began her career in journalism as a photo intern in The White House press office. After college, she worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and wire services in the Tri-State area including The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Philadelphia Daily News, US Weekly and Star magazines, among others.”

Of course! She worked for the Star! Who else to tell this tale?

Based On A Book

The blurb on Amazon is:

“A prominent New Jersey doctor and members of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang The Pagans transform the doctor’s office into a drug ring pumping thousands of highly addictive opioid pain pills onto the streets in exchange for cash. Everything was going smoothly until one person discovered their plan: the doctor’s wife. When she threatened to divorce him, the doctor’s unholy alliance with his partners in crime turned deadly and the doctor hired a hitman to kill her. The Doctor, The Hitman and The Motorcycle Gang is the true story of the murder of April Kauffman, a beloved and vivacious local radio personality and veterans’ advocate who was found shot to death in her suburban New Jersey home in May of 2012. In the months leading up to her death, she had uncovered a tangled web of deceit surrounding her husband. She feared he was trying to kill her and that he may harm her family. Nearly six years later, authorities charged her husband, Dr. James Kauffman, with her murder. Just this week, a jury convicted a former leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club with helping to carry out the murder. McCormick includes never before seen or heard details from the investigation through her years of covering the case and she documents the relentless search for justice by April’s family, friends, and her daughter.”

Naturally Freddy wrote me to complain.

“I’m really a bit conflicted here, because I’ve met Annie McCormick of ABC and 20/20 a couple of times. She was very professional, extremely pleasant, not overbearing, and she did not seem prying or on a mission to find a ‘Gotcha’ moment, like a couple of other budding authors.

“The Dr., the Hitman and the Motorcycle Gang?”

“This sounds like a title dreamed up by someone with the exclusive lack of taste, like lawyer, like James Leonard Esq. (Leonard represented Freddy’s fiancé after Swat wrecked her house.) He’s that guy, between his role as Tyner intermediator who told my Family and future in-laws threatening sentences like, ‘The prosecutor would like to see you have no interest in Mr.Augello.’”

Freddy continued with his review of McCormick’s book.

Freddy Doesn’t Like It

“Let’s break this down derogatory slur by derogatory slur.

“First ‘the Dr.’ That is pretty self-explanatory and not really in need of examination.
“Second, we have ‘The Hitman.’ Would this be Francis/ Frank Mulholland the White Trash Drug Addict, sans a Drivers License or Irish Joe his fellow Villas area Pseudo Relative accomplice? The guy that confessed to driving him there, also offered $10,000 to murder April by the doctor? Or is the doctor himself the hitman?

“The World’s foremost and modern societies most famous ‘Forensic Expert.’ That would be the renown Dr. Michael Baden of O.J. Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein fame or infamy. He came to the professional conclusion ,after being hired by Atlantic County in 2012, that April was murdered three hours before Frank arrived.

That would make the title ‘The Doctor and The Doctor and so on. Wouldn’t it?

“That leaves ‘The Motorcycle Gang. Okay, I’m imaging that in Annie’s mind four guys that knew each other consists of a Motorcycle Gang? Let’s just start with this cheesy moniker. It is not a gang You cannot be a member without owning a motorcycle. That makes it a Club that has the collective interest of motorcycling at its core.

“How about we call the over a dozen Police Officers that were caught in the Opioid Crime Scandal, which in actuality netted millions. How about we call these fellas a Cop Gang?

“I saw Annie in the Courtroom every day taking notes for her book. She must have heard, what is easily seen in my trial transcripts that the two major informants in my case – codefendants of mine that unfortunately were members of my MC Club at the time – Andrew Glick the chapter president and Glenn Seeler – both were asked point blank if their drug involvement with Kauffman had anything to do with, what at the time was their Motorcycle Club, they both said ‘no’ under oath. It was nothing more than a handful of guys that knew each other.

“So why is Annie promoting a lie before the readers even gaze on the first page? Promoting the lie the prosecution used to turn a nothing ” Drug Addict” mess, into a fictitious Racketeering enterprise?”

Freddy rages on with his critical review. I encourage him to rage. Rage is not so far from hope.

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3 Responses to “Trenton State Prison Book Review”

  1. xplor Says:

    Follow the money. It is hard to connect Freddy to the three
    murders. If you look at the control the drug dealers had
    over their supply chain it is easy to see their need to
    keep things out of the courts. qui bono.

  2. Ben Says:

    Thank you, Rebel. It was an interesting article. For anyone interested in the topic of “stolen valor,” I recommend a book entitled, “The Story is True,” by Bruce Jackson, ISBN 1592136060. It has a chapter about Vietnam veteran charlatans. In chapter 14, Jackson lists several notorious fraudsters by name and describes the great lengths they went to deceive. He also explores what drives them to do it, the psychology which motivates the scammer, as well as the one being scammed. More well known, although I haven’t read it, is “Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History,” by B. G. Burkett. To me, Vietnam veteran impersonators are down there with lying snitches, although the snitches are worse, because they cause more harm. Kauffman’s suicide, if it was one, is the only good thing that happened in this case.

  3. Patty Says:

    It is only going to get better …..

    #JusticeForApril and #FreeFreddy

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