Big Reward Offered For Information In Texas Megachurch Theft

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Houston megachurch headed by Pastor Joel Osteen.

Joel Osteen (File photo)

HOUSTON (March 22, 2014) A total reward of $25,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest in the theft of $600,000 from a safe at Pastor Joe Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston.

Someone took $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks from the safe between 2:30 p.m. on March 9 and 8:30 a.m. on March 10.

Lakewood Church said the money and checks taken, as well as some envelopes with credit card information, had been collected that weekend.

Church officials say there was no data breach and the stolen funds are insured.

Credit card information was in donation envelopes.

More than 40,000 people attend weekly services led by Osteen, whose televised sermons reach nearly 100 countries.


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