Power Rangers Star Austin St John has been charged with conspiracy to wire fraud.
The actor, who played Red Power Ranger Jason Lee Scott on the children’s series ’90s, was arrested on Wednesday (May 18), according to the Justice Department.
St John – real name Jason Lawrence Geiger – was one of 18 people accused of fraudulently receiving at least $3.5million (£2.8million) from the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Scheme to have.
The program was designed to provide financial support to small business owners who are struggling due to the pandemic.
The defendants are accused of applying for small business loans using forged documents and keeping the money for personal expenses.
They are said to have received 16 PPP loans together and could each face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
“The filings allege that the defendants misrepresented essential information such as the true nature of their business, the number of employees and the amount of their payroll,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said in a statement.
St. John was scheduled to perform at a comic book festival in Iowa on Thursday (May 19), but it was announced he would not be able to attend due to “unforeseen personal commitments.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/austin-st-john-power-rangers-arrested-b2083887.html Red Power Ranger Austin St John arrested for conspiracy to wire fraud