The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Attorney General for the Eastern District of Texas announced Wednesday that it has indicted Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Actor Austin St. John (real name Jason Lawrence Geiger) along with 17 other people are charged with conspiracy to commit online fraud. The announcement stated that all 18 individuals had either been arrested or summoned to appear before a federal judge, but did not specify which defendants had been arrested.
According to a US Department of Justice announcement, St. John (47) and the other defendants allegedly defrauded lenders and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payroll Check Protection Program. Individuals allegedly misrepresented information in their requests such as “the true nature of their business, number of employees, and salary amount.”
The Small Business Administration agreed and issued loans to each of the defendants, and the indictment alleges that the defendants did not use the money as it was intended. The indictment said the defendants either used that money for personal purchases, paid money to scheme leaders, or gave the money to a third party to invest in foreign exchange markets.
The US Department of Justice alleges that the defendants fraudulently obtained at least 16 loans totaling $3.5 million. Each defendant faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.
The FBI and the IRS are investigating the case.
As part of the March 2020 CARES Act, the US government was to provide emergency financial assistance to small businesses through loans that could be ceded through a public-private partnership. The goal was to help small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. John’s attorney said in a statement that St. John has pleaded not guilty. Galactic Productions Agency Spread Statement on the account of St. We expect Austin’s legal team to successfully defend against these charges and lead to his eventual acquittal.”
St. John was originally played by Jason Lee Scott / Red Ranger Mighty Morphin Power Ranger TV series, which aired from 1993 to 1994. St. John reprized the role several times in various parts power Rangers Works, the latest Power Rangers Beast Morphers Show in 2020.
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