Angel Food Ministries officials face fraud charges

(AP)  ATLANTA — A federal judge has set bond for a couple who led a Georgia-based ministry that provided discounted groceries to needy families through a national network accused of using the organization's funds to buy jewelry, athletic equipment, clothes and to make a down payment on a jet.

A 49-count federal indictment filed Tuesday against the two founders of Angel Food Ministries, Pastors Wesley Joseph Wingo and Linda Wingo, their son and another employee includes charges of fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Magistrate Charles Weigle of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia set bond for the couple at $20,000 each, according to The Telegraph newspaper of Macon. An arraignment in the case is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Macon.