Angel Food Ministries settles lawsuit

BY Adelle Banks Published: March 14, 2009
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photo - The offices of Angel Food Ministries in Monroe, Ga., are shown March 5. A recent FBI raid at the ministry’s headquarters raised troubling accusations of excessive salaries and possible financial mismanagement at the nonprofit. Some observers say the alleged problems could cost Angel Food its tax-exempt status and possibly result in federal charges. AP PHOTO
The offices of Angel Food Ministries in Monroe, Ga., are shown March 5. A recent FBI raid at the ministry’s headquarters raised troubling accusations of excessive salaries and possible financial mismanagement at the nonprofit. Some observers say the alleged problems could cost Angel Food its tax-exempt status and possibly result in federal charges. AP PHOTO
Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia-based ministry under investigation by the FBI, has settled a lawsuit filed by two board members who sought to change its leadership.

The ministry that distributes food to the needy issued a statement March 6 saying the lawsuit was dismissed and an agreement reached about its future.

"Joseph Wingo remains the chairman and CEO, and the Wingo family, who founded the ministry and devoted their lives to see it grow, remain at the helm,” the ministry said.

A lawsuit filed in February by board members Craig Atnip of Texas and David "Tony” Prather of Georgia asked a Walton County Superior Court judge to ban Wingo, his wife, Linda, and their sons, Andy and Wesley, from the ministry’s property.

Angel Food, which distributes $30 boxes of food through tens of thousands of volunteers nationwide, has come under scrutiny for unusually large compensation paid to members of the Wingo family.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported March 6 that the agreement calls for the cancellation of the Wingos’ company credit cards and a financial audit of the ministry. Joseph Wingo also is expected to sign over to Angel Food a company he owns that rented a corporate jet to the ministry at a profit of $10,000 a month.


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