Mariam Mbula is well known as Mariam Mola, currently, a senior pastor at SPAC Nation seems to have it all but congregants have come out to accuse her of being a con.
Branded as a self-styled entrepreneur, Mola has appeared on TV shows including Lorraine, and was hailed as a success story who turned her life around after she was jailed for fraud at the age of 18.
In one of her sermons, she said,
“THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO PRISON I WAS 14 YEARS OLE, THE SECOND TIME I WENT TO PRISON I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.”
SPAC Nation claims it is helping disadvantaged young people. Dozens of former church members say its leaders including Mola, forced the young congregation to take out loans and give huge sums of money to the very same church.
One other victim has come out to blast Mola claiming she took her money. Tamara Gough says Mola scammed her £100,000 (Ksh 14.5m) after targeting her now ex-husband in May 2014.
Since then she kept a close eye on her, having teamed up with some of her other alleged victims. Tamara set up a Twitter account under a pseudonym ‘Care Reynolds’ asking for people who believed they had been scammed by Mola to come forward and claims she was inundated with messages from the victims.
“WE KNEW HER AS MARIAM,” CHEMINA, A COLLEGE MATE RECALLED. “I REMEMBER HER BEING CALLED CINDY AS WELL. I DON’T REMEMBER WHEN EXACTLY WE BECAME FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK, I MUST HAVE POSTED A STATUS THAT REFLECTED I WAS IN A BAD PLACE.”
“SHE REACHED OUT TO ME VIA A MESSAGE AND WE GOT TALKING. SHE WAS REALLY GIVING ME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. IT WASN’T HARD BECAUSE I TRUST PEOPLE EASILY.
Chemina shared with Mbula that her grandmother had just a few months to live and that she and her mother were flying to Jamaica to see her.
She told Chimena she could get discounted air tickets through her work and urged her to transfer the £ 2,000 (Ksh300,000) fare from her mother to she could purchase on their behalf. The ticket didn’t arrive, she remembers thinking “no way she couldn’t do this, and considering the conversation we had.”
Chemina set out to expose Mola, and claims she too began receiving messages from other so-called victims.
Once Mola was out of prison, aged 24, she launched a luxury shoe hire boutique called Cindy’s Choos, operating out of Westfield Shopping Centre in London.
TAMARA CLAIMS SHE AND HER EX-HUSBAND HAD INDIRECTLY ‘FUNDED’ THE BUSINESS, ADDING: “IT WAS DEFINITELY A FRONT FOR HER TO COLLECT MONEY, AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING THE PRODUCTS.”
Defending herself, Mola said,
“WE MADE A LOT OF MONEY, IT WAS REALLY GOOD. I HAD CHALLENGES FULFILLING ORDERS. JUST EVERYTHING WAS HAPPENING, I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND I WAS ARRESTED THAT MORNING AND THEN I WENT TO JAIL.”
Defending herself further Mola pleaded,
“I WAS IN A BAD RELATIONSHIP AT THAT TIME AND THE PERSON I WAS WITH COMMITTED SOME FRAUD. BECAUSE I WAS INVOLVED IN THAT I CROWD I WAS LATER SENTENCED TO QUITE A HEAVY PRISON SENTENCE WHEN EXPECTING MY FIRST BABY.”
According to the BBC, Mola defended herself from all these allegations of fraud and conning people saying,
“PLEASE TELL YOUR AUDIENCE THEY CAN BELIEVE WHAT THEY LIKE. HERE I AM AN UNDISPUTED WINNER AND NOTHING CAN CHANGE THAT.”
The church distanced itself from Mola and the fraud allegations saying,
“SPAC NATION IS NOT FINANCIALLY EXPLOITING YOUNG PEOPLE…IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT GOES ON INSIDE FOLLOWER’S HOUSES.
Here are photos of Mola living her best life.