Austin St. John, who performed the unique Red Power Ranger within the 1990’s Power Rangers franchise, was arrested on May 19. The actor, 47, was reportedly taken away from his dwelling in McKinney, Texas in handcuffs following an FBI raid. Austin, in line with the Department of Justice’s press release, is certainly one of 18 individuals being charged with wire fraud conspiracy associated the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, which was designed to assist struggling small enterprise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HollywoodLife has reached out to the police and Austin’s rep for remark.
Allegedly, Austin and 15 others utilized for small enterprise loans with pretend paperwork and loans that had been transferred to the 2 alleged ringleaders of the scheme, Michael Hill and Andrew Moran. Austin is alleged to have collected loans value $400,000 that he used for “personal purchase,” reasonably than the meant function. In complete, all the scheme illegally defrauded the PPP out of 16 loans value $3.5 million, per TMZ.
“The defendants typically paid Hill and Moran, transferred money to their personal accounts, and spent the funds on various personal purchases,” the DOJ mentioned within the press launch. “In other instances, the defendants sent the fraudulently obtained funds to Jonathon Spencer for purported investment in foreign exchange markets.” The defendants, together with Austin, every withstand 20 years in federal jail.
Austin was imagined to attend Des Moines Con on May 21 and 22 in Iowa, however that’s clearly modified. “Due to unforeseen personal obligations, Austin St. John is unable to attend Des Moines Con this weekend,” the occasion’s reserving firm announced on Facebook hours after the arrest. “He sends his apologies and love to all those that were looking forward to meeting him. Austin plans to be here to meet all of his fans in 2023.”
Austin performed the Red Power Ranger, Jason Lee Scott, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His costars included Walter Emanuel Jones, David Yost, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, and Thuy Trang, who died in a automotive accident in 2001.