Investigators with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Service served a search warrant Wednesday at the Grapevine offices of televangelist Benny Hinn.
A large number of agents walked in and out of the offices with boxes, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported, but officials wouldn't confirm to the TV station what they're investigating or whether they're looking into Hinn.
A woman who answered the phone for the Benny Hinn Ministries headquarters said she had no information.
Hinn was the subject of a 2007 U.S. Senate inquiry that looked into the spending of six televangelists. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questioned the personal use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes and credit cards by pastors and their families.
The review, which ended in 2011, raised issues for Congress to consider but didn't seek to make a determination as to whether the ministries had broken tax rules, said a spokeswoman for Grassley.
Hinn's ministry said at the time that it complied with tax regulations for religious nonprofits. But it told Grassley that it had made changes in how it governs its ministry and sets compensation.
After the 4-year investigation, Senator Grassley declared the ministry 'financially transparent', and that they gave them 100% co-operation, even more than they had expected.
Several media outlets have investigated Hinn, a World renown minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ whose ministry is characterized by healing miracles and the power of the Holy Spirit.
What we know so far about federal investigation at @Benny_Hinn ministry offices in Grapevine. More on @NBCDFW at 4&6 https://t.co/hyO6h7tyyh
— Alice Barr (@AliceBarrNBC5) April 26, 2017
"I think if I was fooling the people, over 35 years of it now, I would have been caught already fooling them," he told ABC's Nightline in a 2009 interview.
This has not been the first time the ministry has come under investigation. We at SunRise Gospel Zone believe in the ministry of Pastor Benny Hinn, and we know he will come out of this investigation blameless.
Keep praying for the ministry and don't relent in lending your support.