Revisiting One of Our More Interesting Past Cases

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SUSPICIOUS CHURCH CONTRIBUTION – FOLLOW THE MONEY

Back in 2013, Texas Investigative Network, Inc. received a call from the Administrative Director at a Houston area Catholic Church.  We were informed that a suspicious looking male had recently stopped by their office and dropped off an envelope.  This indigent looking man was reportedly black, in his mid to late 50s, shabbily dressed and was observed arriving at the church via Metro bus.  When delivering this envelope, the male stated, “This is for the work that you all do for God’s children”, and then departed.  Within the envelope was a bank cashier’s check payable to the church in the amount of $ 100,000.00.

We were initially tasked with determining this man’s correct identity and conducting a background investigation on him; however, our client was primarily concerned with establishing the original source of the funds for this contribution.

With the assistance of administrative personnel for the church, we were able to correctly identify this man by name, address, date of birth, driver’s license, etc.  We then discovered that this man was a registered sex-offender, had just been released from the Texas Prison System and was currently living in a half-way house near downtown Houston.

We were then able to locate a personal bank account and the current balance, which was surprisingly high, for this man.  In further review of the history for this account, we determined that on December 3, 2012, an entry in the amount of $ 1.5 Million had been recorded as an electronic deposit into this account.  The deposit into this man’s personal bank account represented a prize payment issued by Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company.  Our Subject of investigation had won the Texas Lottery.

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