Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Actor Could Face 20 Years in Prison If Found Guilty of Wire FraudThe Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Actor Austin St. John could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud related to COVID. The Actor starred as the Red Ranger on the animated television series‚ which ran from 1993 to 1995. He was charged with transferring more than $1 million in stolen funds to two ringleaders in the scheme.
According to the Department of Justice‚ a 90s Actor has been accused of conspiring to defraud U.S. governments of CARES Act funds. Austin St. John was the Actor who played the role of the Power Ranger red on the series‚ which ran from 1993-1995. He was among 18 people charged with fraudulently applying for loans. Paycheck Protection Program Transferring them to the two scheme ringleaders. Jason Geiger is St. John's real name. He allegedly received more than $400‚000 fraudulent PPP loans. The loans were then transferred to another co-defendant. According to the DOJ‚ each defendant could spend up to 20 years prison. More: COVID fraudsters are charged with raking in almost $150 million using elaborate schemes. DOJ Andrew Moran and Michael Hill were named by the Justice Department as the leaders of this scheme. According to a Justice Department press statement‚ Hill is accused of recruiting co-conspirators in order to create or use a business for PPP funding applications. Moran is accused of helping his fellow conspirators to complete the paperwork for the PPP application‚ which included the creation and submission of supporting documents. PHOTO: Austin St. John‚ actor‚ arrives at the Premiere Of Lionsgates Power Rangers‚ held in Westwood (Calif.) on March 22‚ 2017. (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images. FILE). According to court documents‚ St. John fraudulently transferred $421‚000 from PPP loans to Hills account. The government was allegedly robbed of $3.5 Million by the accused. ABC News reached out to the lawyers for St. John Hill‚ Moran and St. John for no comment. More: Watchdog warns that fraud has hampered the rollout of small-business loans under COVID-19. St.
John (47) reprised his Power Rangers role over several years. He was most recently featured in a guest spot on the 2020 Power Rangers TV Show Beast Morphers. The CARES Act‚ which was. Signed into law in March 2020‚ former President Donald Trump created part of a $669 million small-business loan program (known as the Paycheck Protection Program) to assist businesses that were unable to pay their workers due to the COVID-19 epidemic. This is the second round the PPP was ended May 2021. The DOJ has been involved in hundreds of million dollar cases in alleged ppp fraud since the inception of the program. austin st john power rangers Actor was charged with covid-19 fraud originally appeared on abcnewsgocom