A Plumber Found $600k In Cash And Checks Hidden In The Walls Of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church In Houston

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It feels like one thing out of “The Righteous Gem stones,” but it surely’s as a substitute occurring to televangelist Joel Osteen. A plumber working in a rest room on the minister’s Lakewood Church in Houston stumbled upon a hidden cache of money and checks in envelopes inside a wall. Police consider the cash is related to a reported $600,000 theft from the church that occurred again in 2014.

Houston Police launched a press release describing the investigation as ongoing, however the assertion signifies that proof from the checks discovered behind the wall reveals some type of connection between the recovered cash and the theft, which occurred again in March of 2014.

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A press assertion from Lakewood Church is equally low on particulars:

“Not too long ago, whereas restore work was being accomplished at Lakewood Church, an undisclosed amount of money and checks had been discovered. Lakewood instantly notified the Houston Police Division and is aiding them with their investigation.”

The investigation has reportedly been occurring since November tenth, when the cash was found, however solely lately turned public data after the plumber himself known as in to an area radio present to share the story. Here is how he described it:

“There was a free bathroom within the wall and we eliminated the tile … Went to go take away the bathroom and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I used to be like, ‘Oh wow.'”

Sadly, the plumber, who known as himself “Justin,” is now not eligible for a $25,000 reward provided by Houston Crimestoppers for data concerning the theft, because the statute of limitations on the case has come and gone.

The cash was left in Lakewood’s custody, in response to police. As for the way it acquired there, or the way it got here to be reported stolen within the first place, hopefully all will likely be revealed by the investigation occurring now.


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