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Benny Hinn Ministries Raided by IRS in North Texas

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This Jan. 11, 2002, picture shows evangelist Benny Hinn during a service at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)

By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 05:38 AM

Benny Hinn’s ministry headquarters in North Texas was raided by the IRS Wednesday morning, according to reports.

The television evangelist was in Paris at the time of the raid, as federal agents could be seen removing boxes from the offices on the property, The Associated Press reported.

"It looked like a big raid: people everywhere, police people everywhere out there, and just rushing in," said John Ebert, who works next door to the headquarters, according to Christian News.

Lisa Slimak, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, said she couldn't confirm whether an investigation is underway, the AP noted.

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. We are primarily investigating Title 26, which is tax evasion and general fraud against the government," Christian News reported.

This comes 10 years after Hinn and five other TV evangelists were investigated by the Senate Finance Committee, AP noted.

They were each cleared in 2010, though.

Ole Anthony, president of the nonprofit Trinity Foundation, said he’s been keeping a close eye on Hinn’s ministry for 20 years, according to Christian News.

"There is more fraud in the name of God – not just in America, but in the world – than any other kind of fraud," he said.

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