EDIT......DEFinitely-----EDIT---Maybe i missed somethign but the Paladin was unable to keep the wealth. The Paladin as written would have simply given it to the ones who spend the money. They are the Spears or flaming swords of thier gods not the bankers. But I did just mix up two different threads. I lost track and thought i was posting about 1ed paladins. so in this context it would depend on thier god and thier mission. A paladin protecting the people might very well take the wealth and use it for thier purpose.