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Power Rangers’ Austin St. John Charged in COVID Fraud Case

An ancient hero would have broken the law.

According to the Ministry of Justice, 47 years Austin Saint Johnthe actor who played the famous red Power Ranger on the hit 90s show, has been accused of allegedly participating in a fraud scheme that raised $3.5million originally intended for small businesses businesses that have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. John — whose legal name is Jason Lawrence Geiger — was one of 18 people who were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 12, according to the DOJ press release.

The actor and the other defendants allegedly used misinformation when they applied for and received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which were offered to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

“On the applications, the defendants allegedly misrepresented material information such as the true nature of their business, the number of employees and the amount of payroll,” the press release read. “Based on these material misrepresentations, the [Small Business Administration] and other financial institutions approved and made loans to defendants.”

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