• Ed Gaines

Plumber Finds Cash Stashed Behind Joel Osteen's Megachurch Wall

A plumber in Houston found hundreds of envelopes full of cash and checks behind a loose toilet when he was working at Joel Osteen's Megachurch last month.

Seven years ago, the megachurch said around $600,000 in cash and checks had been stolen from a safe.

The plumber said that around 500 envelopes fell out of the wall when he moved some tiles and insulation aside.

The plumber said he contacted the maintenance supervisor and turned the money in.

The church confirmed in a statement that "an undisclosed amount of cash and checks were found" during recent repair work and police were notified.

No arrests were made after the 2014 theft, which was discovered when church staffers started processing the weekend's collections on a Monday morning.

At the time, Crime Stoppers offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The church says the plumber won't get the reward because too much time has elapsed and the find has not identified a suspect.

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