Angel Food Ministries founders plead not guilty

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Angel Food was started in 1994 by two Georgia pastors with 34 families in Monroe. It grew through a network of churches to feed more than 500,000 families a month in 45 states.
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MACON, Ga. (AP) - The founders of Angel Food Ministries have pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in federal court in Macon.

Joe and Linda Wingo pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday.

The indictment charges that they used the charity's funds for personal use, including purchasing real estate and supporting a candidate for Walton County sheriff.

Angel Food Ministries was based out of Monroe, Ga. It provided discounted groceries to needy families across the U.S.

The organization shut down its operations in September.

WMAZ reports that Judge Charles Weigle denied a request for a court-appointed attorney for Joe Wingo.

Two other ministry officials charged in the case pleaded not guilty this week to fraud charges.

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