Houston police investigators questioned megachurch pastor Joel Osteen –a well-known televangelist who has been associated with the ‘prosperity gospel’– after someone discovered “bags and bags” of cash and checks stashed in a bathroom wall at his church.
The discovery was made by a plumber during a repair in one of the bathrooms, local station KRPC Channel 2 reports. The plumber named Justin, told the station he got a call about a loose toilet at the church on Nov. 10.
“Justin said he started working on the toilet and had to remove the tile and insulation. Once he removed the insulation, he discovered about 3,000 envelopes full of checks. Some had cash in it. Justin said he called the church’s maintenance supervisor and had to stay at the church for almost seven hours” the news outlet reported.
The discovery came several years after someone stole $600,000 in cash and checks from a safe at Osteen’s Lakewood Church. The station suggested that whoever stole the money in 2014 may have been hidden it in the bathroom wall.
Watch the report below from KPRC.