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Fake priest arrested in alleged Pope ticket scam

Thu 04 Feb 2016
By Hannah Tooley

A man that allegedly posed as a priest has been arrested on suspicion of making thousands of dollars by selling fake tickets to see Pope Francis during his visit to America in 2015. 

Erwin Mena, 59, from Los Angeles faces approximately 30 different charges, according the The i newspaper.

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According to his arrest warrant he faces charges including grand theft, perjury (for filing a marriage licence he signed) and practicing medicine without a licence.

The pontiff visited the United States in November 2015 and stopped off in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia during his five day visit.

Around a million people attended his Mass in Philadelphia during his trip.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony

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