Founders of Angel Food Ministries Plead Guilty To Skimming Millions for Personal Gain

Update: Family members get 7-year sentences after $140-million food ministry closes.

Update (Aug. 30): Angel Food Ministries (AFM) founder Joe Wingo, along with his son, Andrew Wingo, received seven-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. They had faced possible prison sentences of 85 years, but agreed to a plea deal in February. Linda Wingo, Wesley's wife, drew five years of probation after pleading guilty to the concealment of a felony.

"Pure and simple, this case is about greed," U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said in a press release. "The Wingos solicited donations of time from kind, goodhearted people in the name of God's call for us to feed the hungry and help those in need. Then, instead of using that generosity to fill the pantries of the people they claimed to be called to minister to, the Wingos filled their garage with a classic automobile, their hangar with a private plane, and their pockets with cash."

Judge C. Ashley Royal also ordered the Wingos to forfeit a combined $3.9 ...

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