Looks like this Power Ranger is powering down.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor Austin St. John was arrested early Thursday morning during an FBI raid.
The actor, whose real name is Jason Geiger, allegedly defrauded the government's Paycheck Protection Program in a multimember scheme, according to the Justice Department.
Austin St. John, the actor who played the Red Power Ranger in the 90s TV series, has had his house raided by the feds and he's now under arrest in a massive federal criminal case. https://t.co/haTVSCLqXo— TMZ (@TMZ) May 20, 2022
According to reports, the actor obtained over $400,000 in fraudulent loans and passed them on to his co-defendant.
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The DOJ said that Michael Hill and Andrew Moran were the ringleaders of the large-scale COVID-19 payment fraud.
"Hill is alleged to have recruited co-conspirators to use an existing business or create a business to submit applications to obtain PPP funding," it announced in a press release. "Once enlisted, Moran is alleged to have assisted his co-conspirators with the application paperwork, including fabricating supporting documentation and submitting the application through the online portals."
Court documents reveal that St. John transferred $421,000 to Hill in the fraudulent COVID-19 funds.
Altogether, the scheme obtained $3.5 million in loans from the program.
The group purportedly obtained 16 fraudulent loans, and if convicted, each defendant could face up to 20 years in prison.
The program was started by former President Donald Trump at the heart of the pandemic as a way for small businesses to receive some support from the government. Scam artists, however, saw the CARES Act as an opportunity for a quick buck. The DOJ has investigated and prosecuted people for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fraudulent loans from the program.
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St. John portrayed Jason Lee Scott, the red Power Ranger, in the popular children's show that began in 1993.