Angel Food ministry fed lavish lifestyle, feds say

Kickbacks, cover-ups, expensive purchases in indictment

ATLANTA -- Georgia-based nonprofit Angel Food Ministries became wildly successful, selling almost 600,000 boxes of food a month to churches to help the poor in 45 states.

It was recognized by the White House as a model of collaboration between the government and faith-based initiatives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, however, that “Pastor Joe” Wingo and his wife “Pastor Linda,” as they were called, also siphoned off millions of dollars in their nonprofit food ministry — and spent the money to support a lavish lifestyle — a federal indictment alleges.

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