Felecca Wilson Taylor panicked when she heard that Angel Food Ministries was shutting down in 2011. The organization had for years sold discounted boxes of food to families in her church.
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Angel Food officials sentenced
Three members of the family that founded Angel Food Ministries, which was dedicated to feeding the hungry, were sentenced in federal court Thursday for using the nonprofit to enrich themselves.
Joseph and Linda Wingo, the founders of Angel Food Ministries, and their son Andy had pleaded guilty in February after an investigation that began in 2009.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said, “Pure and simple, this case is about greed. … The Wingos filled their garage with a classic automobile, their hangar with a private plane and their pockets with cash.”
Joe Wingo drew a seven-year sentence, was ordered to forfeit $1.5 million and pay a $15,000 fine for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Andy Wingo got seven years in prison and was ordered to forfeit $2.4 million for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Linda Wingo got five years or probation and was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for concealing the commission of a crime.