Self-proclaimed Pastor accused of using religion to rip-off believers

He's known as “Father Erwin Mena”. Since the mid 1990’s he’s been celebrating mass at Catholic churches throughout California. He’s held prayer meetings, paid counseling sessions and nights of confession.

But he’s not really a priest. Detectives say he's a fake wanted by the LAPD for swindling thousands of dollars from believers. His latest ploy was selling tickets for a pilgrimage to New York and Philadelphia to visit with Pope Francis during his last U.S. tour. 

Detectives say the Pope-Tour scam netted Mena more than $15,000 dollars from unsuspecting victims, many from low income families.

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