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Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

At some point in our lives, we all get taken for a ride. Hucksters and con men are as ancient as Adam and Eve. But Ryan Scott, known to some as “Father Ryan,” was no ordinary con man. He’d been accused of abusing followers and enriching himself with their money. He's left a wake of angry people across multiple states. And that’s not all. There are questions surrounding the brutal deaths of two priests he associated with. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman explores Scott's bizarre, quizzical, and sometimes dangerous world. Why did Father Ryan steal money -- and people's faith? And at this point, why isn't he in jail?

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Meet the Host

Alex Schuman is an investigative reporter and filmmaker raised in the Midwest. Before looking into con artists, Alex produced two feature films and worked as a reporter for local television companies across the United States. Smoke Screen: Fake Priest is the culmination of Alex's multi-year investigation into Ryan Scott.