Dallas – On Thrusday U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators searched the Grapevine offices of prominent televangelist Benny Hinn.
Though NBC 5 crews saw a large number of federal agents walking in and out of the offices with boxes, investigators would not say what they are looking for or even confirm they are investigating Hinn.
The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hinn’s headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. According to Hinn’s website, he was in Paris.
NBC 5 reports that their news crew “saw a large number of federal agents walking in and out of the offices with boxes.”
Fox 4 reports “about 50 federal agents” raided the offices of the famous televangelist in Grapevine, Texas, Wednesday morning.
US News reports:
The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hinn’s headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Lisa Slimak, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, said she was unable to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. A message sent to Bennie Hinn Ministries went unanswered.
Commenting on the raid, Special Agent Michael Moseley with IRS Criminal Investigations said:
Today, we are here on official business, we are conducting a search warrant on the premises, basically that’s all I can tell you today.
Hinn was one of six television evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007. Three years later, the six were cleared of any wrongdoing.
In 2007, Hinn was one of six TV evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, led the investigation.
All six were cleared of wrongdoing in 2011.
Requests for comments from Hinn’s staff went unanswered.
According to Hinn’s website, he is currently in Paris.