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Angel Food Ministries Founder, Son Sentenced To Federal Prison

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A federal judge has sentenced a CSRA food ministry service's founder and his son to 7 years in federal prison.

Wesley Joseph Wingo, who founded Angel Food Ministries, and his son Andrew were sentenced on money laundering and conspiracy charges Thursday in U.S. District Court. Wingo's wife, Linda, was sentenced to five years of probation for concealing criminal activity.

The tax-exempt ministry in Monroe was supposed to provide food to the poor at discounted prices. Investigators say Wingo used millions of the charity's money to buy jewelry, cars, and gambling trips.

Angel Food Ministries shut down in September of 2011 after 17 years in operation. At the time of its closing, the ministry worked with nearly 30 charities in the Augusta area.

Joseph and Andrew Wingo pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Linda Wingo pleaded guilty to concealing criminal activity. A former employee, Harry Michaels, has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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