A Texas plumber found more than a busted pipe while working at the Lakewood Church in Houston where Joel Osteen is the pastor. But the plumber never thought he would stumble onto a shocking secret hidden deep within the church.
"There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile. Went to go remove the toilet and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall," he said. "I was like ‘Oh wow.’ I got my flashlight, shined up in there."
The plumber said the envelopes were filled with cash and checks, which he claims he reported to the maintenance supervisor.
"I went ahead and contacted the maintenance supervisor that was there, and I turned it all in," he said.
In March 2014, Lakewood Church reported that $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks had been stolen along with some credit card information.
At the time of the theft, the church said the missing money had been insured, since that time, there has been no arrest made in the case.
Lakewood Church issued a statement saying that cash and checks had been discovered recently while work was being done on the church, but there was no mention as to how much money was actually found.
"Lakewood immediately notified the Houston Police Department and is assisting them with their investigation. Lakewood has no further comment at this time," the church said in a statement.
Houston police said in a statement Friday that they were notified after the discovery was made and that the recovered checks suggest that the money found in envelopes is related to the 2014 theft.