Man back in jail for posing as priest in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who posed as a Roman Catholic priest and sold phony trips to see Pope Francis is going back to jail after a Los Angeles judge said he’s up to his old tricks.

The Los Angeles Times says Erwin Mena was sentenced Friday to 264 days in jail. He’s also barred from coming within 100 feet of an Archdiocese of Los Angeles facility.

Mena was convicted of grand theft in February. Authorities say he officiated at Masses, funerals, confessions, and at least one marriage at a Los Angeles church and sold thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see Pope Francis during last year’s U.S. visit.

Mena was released from jail in July but rearrested on Nov. 2 for posing as a priest at another church.

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