FBI officials served a search warrant Wednesday at the Walton County, Ga., offices of the food charity Angel Food Ministries Inc.
Agents with the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division were also at the raid Wednesday "on official IRS business," said spokeswoman and Special Agent Patty Bergstrom of the Atlanta Field Office.
Officials filed the warrant and affidavit of probable cause with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, but the documents were placed under judicial seal, Bergstrom said.
Neither the FBI nor the IRS would say what agents were searching for at the home office of Angel Food.
Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for Angel Food Ministries and president of New York-based 5W Public Relations, said the charity is fully cooperating with authorities.
"Angel Food Ministries believes that this is an investigation of an individual or individuals connected to the organization, and not regarding the ministry itself, its service to the public or its host sites in any way," Torossian said by e-mail.
He said AFM, which distributed nearly 6 million boxes last year, is continuing to take grocery orders and fill them as usual.
AFM is a multimillion-dollar charity that sells discount groceries in thousands of communities, including several in York County.
Charity experts said in a story in the York Daily Record/Sunday News last month that AFM's executive pay and insider loan practices raised the question of whether some of the charity's earnings are being used to benefit insiders instead of for a charitable purpose. For that story, see Charity paid its leaders $2.5 million.
There was no indication whether the raid Wednesday was related to issues similar to those raised in the article.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman got a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said.
Agents requested his deputies' assistance in serving search warrants at two AFM locations in the county, he said.
"I don't know what they were looking for. I don't know what they got," Chapman said by phone Wednesday evening.
"No one was arrested."
Federal agents executed the warrants around 9 a.m. and finished their business shortly before 6 p.m., Chapman said.
An outgoing voicemail message at AFM on Wednesday afternoon said the staff would be in a companywide meeting from noon until 2:30 p.m.
AFM representatives scheduled a meeting for Thursday in York with local Angel Food volunteers.