Bags of cash and checks found in a bathroom wall at Joel Osteen church
Police have questioned Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest church, Lakewood Church, after ‘bags and bags’ of cash and cheques were discovered in roughly 500 envelopes in a bathroom wall at the church.
A plumber who worked at the church, Justin, called into a Houston radio morning show, 100.3 The Bull, to tell them about his astonishing find, which comes just seven years after roughly $600,000 in donations were taken and never recovered from the church.
On November 10, Justin stated he was sent to Lakewood Church to repair a damaged toilet.
‘We removed the tile because there was a loose toilet in the wall,’ he revealed during the call on Thursday morning, December 2.
‘We went to remove the toilet, and when I was moving some insulation away, about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like, ‘Oh wow!’
Cash and checks were discovered in the wall, according to Houston police, who spoke with “everyone involved with the building” they could reach.
The theft of $600,000 in gifts from the church occurred in 2014. The sum was a part of donations received over the course of a single weekend of worship, and it has never been discovered.
According to Justin, he contacted the church’s supervisors and had to wait for nearly seven hours at the church after his finding.
‘An undetermined sum of cash and cheques were discovered recently at Lakewood Church while repair work was being done. Lakewood notified the Houston Police Department right away and is cooperating with their investigation.
‘At this point, Lakewood has no more comment,’ a church official told DailyMail.com.