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$600K Taken From Safe at Osteen's Megachurch [Prosperity Gospel?]
ABCNews ^ | March 11, 2014

Posted on 03/11/2014 8:44:43 PM PDT by Steelfish

Edited on 03/15/2014 11:18:39 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country.

Police spokesman Kese Smith said Tuesday $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.


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TOPICS: Religion
KEYWORDS: megachurch; osteen; theft

1 posted on 03/11/2014 8:44:43 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

That was just the petty cash box.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Steelfish

So if I understand correctly, the “offering plate” is fully insured?


3 posted on 03/11/2014 8:50:08 PM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: Steelfish
the money and checks taken, as well as some envelopes with written credit card information, were limited to funds given during this past weekend's Saturday and Sunday services.

$600,000+ for one weekend, wow, and that's just the amount reported stolen.

But, the short-list of suspects should be quite short, like maybe one person if there are any controls, to have had access.

4 posted on 03/11/2014 8:52:29 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: Steelfish

$600,000 take in one weekend. And that doesn’t even count book sales.

People give Olsteen their credit card numbers. I guess so he can grab some cash if he comes up a little short. What a fraud!


5 posted on 03/11/2014 8:53:44 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Steelfish; Gamecock
$600,000 in checks and cash <<<

In a statement issued Monday, Lakewood Church said the money and checks taken, as well as some envelopes with written credit card information, were limited to funds given during this past weekend's Saturday and Sunday services.

6 posted on 03/11/2014 8:54:35 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: smokingfrog

LOL!

There’s more where that came from, as the late great Dr. Gene Scott would say, “now get on that telephone!”


7 posted on 03/11/2014 8:56:38 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Steelfish

Quite a haul, and the theft is nothing to sniff at...


8 posted on 03/11/2014 8:58:13 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Steelfish

What does it say about a church when the first person I would look into would be its senior pastor?


9 posted on 03/11/2014 9:01:04 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: bigbob

Gene was great when he got wound up.


10 posted on 03/11/2014 9:01:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Steelfish

I confess, I took the money. After it multiplies 100 fold I will return the initial cash along with an additional twenty percent. Please forgive me, and be patient.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 9:15:59 PM PDT by heights
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To: bigbob
The late great Doctor EEEEEEUUUGEEEENE Scott...with his Philippina dolly following behind him in her FULL LENGTH white ermine coat.

That holy roller stuff must pay off, or as P.T. Barnum used to say: There's a sucker born every minute. Never mind....

12 posted on 03/11/2014 9:17:50 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: KJC1
L Ron Hubbard wasn't kidding when he said the big bucks were in religion. I would love to see what this pastor spends all that money on. That's over $30 million a year.
13 posted on 03/11/2014 9:38:13 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: cloudmountain; bigbob

14 posted on 03/11/2014 9:53:30 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: bigbob
Dr. Gene Scott

He was THE BEST!

When mrs p6 went into labor with one of our 3 kids she was in a "family room" delivery room at the hospital...bed, couch, big TV, just like home.

But it was late at night on a weekend and the ONLY thing on TV was Dr Eugene Scott. For some reason it was a Scott Marathon all night.

She had never seen him but I had watched him before and enjoyed his...presentation.

So all night long during her labor she had to watch Dr Scott with the hat, cigar, black jacket, sunglasses ...and the ponies. Dr Scott loved the ponies and maybe that's why I, being somewhat of a harness racing fan, enjoyed watching him.

Out of our three children that delivery is the only one we like to reminisce about.

15 posted on 03/11/2014 9:55:59 PM PDT by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: bigbob

Grape juice is for closers!


16 posted on 03/11/2014 9:56:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: mountn man

17 posted on 03/11/2014 10:10:39 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

I’m missing it???


18 posted on 03/11/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Steelfish

So that’s 40,000 people giving an average of $15 each.

Not really out of line.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 11:04:36 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: smokingfrog

Lol


20 posted on 03/11/2014 11:07:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Steelfish

“The theft was reported Monday morning by a church employee and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who provides security at the facility.”

Watch: it was these two.


21 posted on 03/12/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: Steelfish

I just saw this story on charter.net ... in the entertainment section.


22 posted on 03/12/2014 4:14:04 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: bigbob

When I Gene Scott’s wife on TV, I wondered “Who I THAT?!? Her hair is amazing!”... I then found out who she was... or rather... what her history is.


23 posted on 03/12/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: smokingfrog

apparently, someone else wanted to be as wealthy as this false preacher!


24 posted on 03/12/2014 4:16:49 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Steelfish
Undoubtedly they have surveillance cameras which should give some hint of activities.
25 posted on 03/12/2014 5:39:43 AM PDT by deport
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To: mountn man
GOOD HEAVENS. What a wonderful hairpiece she has on. It gives her that Tammy Wyyyyyyyy (Hold nose here to get the WHyyyyyyyyy-INY sound.)nette look.

I love opera--best voices in the world. Many of the country western voices are ALSO fabulous. Too bad, in my opinion, they end up singing music where they have to hold their nose to get the requisite WHINY sound. Opera will be around in 2000 years but country western music won't. We are STILL listening to music and singing that is hundreds of years old. It HAS stood the test of time.

I remember Dionne Warwick singing a duet with Luciano Pavarotti, the finest tenor of the 20 century. SHE had the mike and he stood back five feet, no mike, of course, so his voice wouldn't OVERWHELM her sweet, lovely but tiny voice.

26 posted on 03/12/2014 6:05:30 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

That’s Gene Scotts last wife. She took over the “ministry” after he died.


27 posted on 03/12/2014 7:14:27 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

“I’m missing it???”

Jean Simmons in “Elmer Gantry”.


28 posted on 03/12/2014 7:40:23 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

My pic is of Gene Scotts wife, who took over the “ministry” after he died.


29 posted on 03/12/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: prisoner6

Werner Herzog made a Dr. Gene Scott documentary decades ago (I have not watched it but from what I understand, he was granted personal access).

It’s called God’s Angry Man and is on youtube. I think Criterion was planning to release it to DVD but I don’t know if that happened.


30 posted on 03/12/2014 9:48:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: mountn man
That’s Gene Scotts last wife. She took over the “ministry” after he died.

Gee whiz, tell me what network she is on and I will IMMEDIATELY turn it on, keep in on and get out my checkbook.

I wonder what she did with all his hats.

31 posted on 03/13/2014 4:02:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: VerySadAmerican
$600,000 take in one weekend. And that doesn’t even count book sales.
People give Olsteen their credit card numbers. I guess so he can grab some cash if he comes up a little short. What a fraud!

What goes around comes around.
I wouldn't want to be him when he dies and has to explain his lifetimeFRAUDforJesus to our Lord.

32 posted on 03/13/2014 4:04:21 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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