Fake priest arrested by the Los Angeles police


He officiated at Masses, funerals, confessions, and at least one marriage. He called himself “Padre” After all, he was arrested Tuesday by Los Angeles police on suspicion of selling thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see Pope Francis during last year’s U.S. visit. He charged up to $1,000 per ticket.  Mena faces about 30 charges, including grand theft, perjury — for filing a marriage license he signed as a priest — and practicing medicine without a license in connection with offering “a system or mode of treating the sick.” He even sold CDs with videos about the Pope Francis, of course pirated from a real source. Erwin Mena remained jailed after arrest. The archdiocese has reimbursed some victims. Any witnesses in the criminal case against Mena could possibly be reimbursed after the case concludes.


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