Thursday, February 28, 2013

This Nonprofit Fraud Victory Took Over 3 Years

by Gary Snyder

The founders of Angel Food Ministries, the now defunct $140 million faith-nonprofit ministry have pleaded guilty. A 71-page indictment alleged that Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo used the charity bank accounts for their own use. According to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution they got kickbacks from food vendors, used a personal jet, used ministry credit cards for personal purchases and personal trips, to name a few misdeeds.

The staff of AJC deserves much credit for this outcome by investigating this fraud, particularly Christopher Quinn. I played a small role by contributing an editorial and adding some expertise. AJC shouldered the large part by evidencing an exemplary team approach.

Nonprofit Imperative has followed the incremental outcomes for more than three years and keeping its readers apprised at each step.

Nonprofit Imperative gathers its information principally from public documents...some of which are directly quoted. Virtually all cited are in some phase of criminal proceedings; some have not been charged, however. Cites in various media: Featured in print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including: Vermont Public Radio, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Sun News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal (Profile, News and Photos), FOX2, ABC Spotlight on the News, WWJ Radio, Ethics World, Aspen Philanthropy Newsletter, Harvard Business Review, Current Affairs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, St. Petersburg Times, B, USA Today Topics,, Responsive Philanthropy Magazine, New York Times...and many more Nonprofits: On the Brink (2006) Silence: The Impending Threat to the Charitable Sector (2011)
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