From USA TODAY:
One sweet-sounding national non-profit, Angel Food Ministries, may be more about sweetening its founders lives than those of the people they claim to help, according to the latest coverage of AFM by Melissa Nann Burke at theDaily Record in York, PA.
Burke has been tracking Angel Food Ministriesfor more than a year after a look at their 2008 federal tax records found the ministry, which sells low-cost groceries in communities across the country, was using millions in donations to provide a luxury life for its pastors. Now, she's seen the 2009 data and it's worse.
According to Burke:
"Mounting legal fees have drained the budget of a national food nonprofit whose sales have slumped in the past year. Angel Food Ministries Inc., headquartered in Monroe, Ga., spent more than $4.7 million in legal fees in 2008-09, according to tax documents filed with the IRS last month.
The 15-year-old organization wouldn't comment about its legal costs. Its tax documents disclose payments to lawyers defending AFM in a lawsuit filed by two former board members that has yet to conclude. The lawsuit alleges AFM's founding family members used the nonprofit to enrich themselves by millions."
Of course, as Christians we all know that this is the work of Satan who is just trying to discredit these good pastors and their friends. Even so, one can't help wondering if they should have taken more care in their appointment of accountants for the charity. Really, I can't see the accounts of our friend, Father Christian (for example), ever being so easily accessed by the authorities, let alone by mere investigative journalists.