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Villas Man Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charge, Following April Kauffman Investigation


A Villas man has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation, multiple arrests and indictments in connection to the murder of April Kauffman, as well as, conspiracy and racketeering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

According authorities, Joseph Mulholland, 52, pleaded guilty to second degree Racketeering on Thursday morning before Presiding Judge Bernard DeLury.

As a condition of the guilty plea, Mulholland could serve a maximum of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state.

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.

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.


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 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 Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.