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$600K stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood church in Houston


$600K Stolen From Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church In Houston
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was robbed of more than half a million dollars Sunday.

Authorities say $600,000 in cash, checks and credit card donations were discovered missing and presumed stolen sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.



KRIV reports all $600,000 in donations were collected during church services Saturday and Sunday and then placed in a safe. But online donations are safe - the theft did not include any online data breaches.

According to Lakewood Church, the money lost in the theft is insured but the bigger problem might come from churchgoers who donated with their credit card information.

According to KHOU, 'There is an insurance policy on its collections so they are not expected to lose money. However, you can if your identity was stolen.'

Lakewood released a statement Monday after the theft, which said in part: 'We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen. If you made a contribution ... we would encourage you to pay close attention to your accounts.'

According to Outreach Magazine, Lakewood is the largest church in America with an average weekly attendance of more than 43,000 members.

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e2paragon March 12 2014 at 2:46 AM

Yeeaahh,,Hmm,,Seems the Good Rev. may have made a "donation" to his own Kaymen account.

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hurhas March 12 2014 at 2:32 AM

Osteen probably took it himself. Since it's insured he gets it twice!

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quincy_maxwell March 11 2014 at 8:34 PM

I hate to say this...but ...............good. These mega churches are all about money. They save or help no one. How soon we forget the Jim Baker and Tammy Fay fiasco. Not to mention the countless others. I hope the money goes to those who really need it and not a dime to some rich guy like this hate filled so-called Christian.

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djs7500 March 12 2014 at 2:25 AM

In a safe no less. Sounds like an inside job of that Holy Spirit. God always seems to be broke and the Heilege Geist persona seems a likely culprit.

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bagthepi March 11 2014 at 6:49 PM

If that is his typical Sunday collection, I'd love to see the accounting for all that money given that his ministry probably is a 503(c)3 non-profit which pays no taxes.

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peckandelliot bagthepi March 11 2014 at 7:06 PM

Do you really have any doubt as to their tax status?

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galileo225 March 11 2014 at 6:48 PM

What was that about a rich man a camel a needle and getting into heaven?

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d1anaw galileo225 March 11 2014 at 6:51 PM

Well he, like the fundamentalist whackjobs before him have found the "approrpiate" Biblical verses that no only justify their right to collect great wealth preaching but suggest that because they can, they are somehow "chosen". Just typical "christian" hypocrisy.

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RV CENTER March 12 2014 at 9:36 AM

INSIDE JOB!!!

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Fred March 12 2014 at 9:46 AM

1/2 million in 2 days, what fairh.

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wana43 Fred March 12 2014 at 10:01 AM

yesth a fairth. Fred, leth take him out and thstring him up.

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smart8001 March 11 2014 at 8:37 PM

lambs to the slaughter!

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crazy ray March 11 2014 at 8:30 PM

A thief steals from a thief, I've been told. Osteen has been one big con man for years. I'm not surprised someone has finally stung him.

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