Wesly Joseph Wingo, aka Pastor Joe Wingo, his wife Linda and their son plead guilty in the U.S. District Court in Macon on Monday. They will be sentenced in May.
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Tuesday, February 26
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Macon confirmed that Pastor Joseph Wingo, his wife Linda and son Andy plead guilty to conspiring with each other and others to bilk millions from Angel Food Ministries. A fellow business associate, Harry Michaels, was also charged in the case. According to a spokesperson at the clerk's office in the U.S. District Court in Macon, the Wingos plead guilty to 40 of the 49 counts in the original indictment, filed in December 2011. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for May 29, 2013. Joe and Andy Wingo had remained in jail awaiting the trial. The Wingos were charged after the once thriving charity went out of business in September 2011 after 17 years in operation, blaming the downturn in the economy. However, the …
UPDATED: To include the 49 count indictment against 3 members of the Wingo family, founders of Angel Food Ministries, and a business associate. Several of the charges carry potential 20-year prison sentences.
Friday, December 2, 2011
According to several media outlets the Wingo family that founded a nationwide food distribution ministry face 49 federal charges including fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundry. Pastor Joe Wingo, his wife Linda, son Andy and a business associate, Harry Michaels, were indicted this week following a grand jury investigation. The Wingos were reportedly expected to turn themselves in to federal authorities in Macon today. According to Sue McKinney, a spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Macon, the Wingos are scheduled to go before Federal Judge Charles Weigle at 2:30 p.m. Friday for a first appearance. The story first broke on The Walton Tribune Thursday evening when it was reported that a grand jury had handed …