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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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Beautiful March 11 2014 at 9:36 PM

$600,000 each weeks haul?
Man they must have some great show!

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rude Beautiful March 11 2014 at 10:04 PM

Of course!!! It's ALL a show........entertainment, complete with stage, lights, cameras and makeup........all designed for those who fear for their mortal soul.

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zee_stanton March 12 2014 at 2:33 AM

600k from two days
its not a religion its a scam
and what church gets insurance on donations
a scam one that which one

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Hello Butch March 12 2014 at 2:32 AM

Well I guess God took it. It is for him right!

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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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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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no7mk1 March 12 2014 at 2:18 AM

Gee I hate seeing these snake oil salesmen getting "ripped off" ....BWAHAHAHA!!!!! (now you know where grandmas money has gone)...

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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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bckari March 12 2014 at 2:17 AM

uhhhhhh...exactly how do you put your credit card information into a safe?????? Man I can smell the fertilizer from here. B S . Last time I went to church (a H*LL of a long time ago) they passed the bag during the sermon. Organized Religion is Organized Crime. Wake the F up.

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Mr. Avant March 12 2014 at 9:49 AM

The staff should be given polygraph test. That would help solve this mystery. Call Avant Polygraph.
Besides, God already knows who took the money.

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nam2205 Mr. Avant March 12 2014 at 9:55 AM

I'm sure the person will get caught. I feel sorry for him or her. Some how the devil tempted this person to do this.

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MICHAEL Mr. Avant March 12 2014 at 10:06 AM

then let god fix it.

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ohioh111b111y March 12 2014 at 10:01 AM

to the thief, repeat after me:

... and lead us NOT into temptation....

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