The man who found hundreds of cash-filled envelopes hidden inside a wall at Joel Osteen’s Houston church is reportedly getting a cash reward of $20, 000.
This was confirmed by Crime Stoppers of Houston which announced Tuesday that it would give $20,000 to the unidentified plumber.
“In 2014, Lakewood Church gave us $20,000 to work on this case. In 2016, they chose to gift us those funds for operations. Today, we are gifting that same about of money to this Good Samaritan and wishing he and his family a wonderful holiday season.” Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious said in a statement.
This comes just one week after the unnamed plumber called the Houston radio station 100.3 The Bull to say that he once found hundreds of cash-filled envelopes inside a wall at Osteen’s megachurch.
“There was a loose toilet in the wall and we removed the tile, or they removed the tile,” the caller recalled. “[I] went to go remove the toilet and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall and I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’”
The plumber notified an on-site maintenance supervisor, after which he “turned it all in.” The total amount of cash and checks found in the church wall has not been revealed to the public.