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Church pastor exposed as a career con artist

Mariam Mbula seems to have it all. But this self-styled entrepreneur is actually a career con artist who has served time all over Europe. 

Mariam is currently a senior pastor with a notorious church: SPAC Nation.

SPAC Nation claims it is helping disadvantaged young people – but former members say that its leaders, including Mariam, encourage young congregants to take out loans and give huge sums to the church.  

A criminal investigation is currently underway into allegations of fraud and other offences relating to individuals associated with SPAC Nation, according to police.

SPAC Nation denies that the church is financially exploiting young people.

It said the church has a "robust complaints procedure" and "a well-run disciplinary system".

SPAC Nation told the BBC that the church "is not responsible what goes on inside individual leaders' or members' houses".

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