The extremely first Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John, is arraigned on wire scams charges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers‘ extremely initially Red Ranger, Austin St. John, has actually been arraigned on wire scams charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Per ComicBook.com, the Department of Justice has actually called Jason Lawrence Geiger, aka Austin St. John, in addition to 17 other people in the indictment. The people have actually been charged with conspiracy to dedicate wire scams in the Eastern District of Texas as an outcome of a supposed plan that saw existing and freshly produced companies request the Small company Administration’s Income Security Program (PPP). The offenders are declared to have actually misrepresented product details on these applications.
“According to the indictment, the defendants, led by Michael Hill and Andrew Moran, are alleged to have executed a scheme to defraud lenders and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),” the DOJ release checks out. “Hill is declared to have actually hired co-conspirators to utilize an existing company or produce a service to send applications to get PPP financing. As soon as employed, Moran is declared to have actually helped his co-conspirators with the application documentation, consisting of producing supporting paperwork and sending the application through the online websites. On the applications, the offenders are declared to have actually misrepresented product details such as the real nature of their company, the variety of workers, and the quantity of payroll.
“Based on these material misrepresentations, the SBA and other financial institutions approved and issued loans to the defendants. Once in receipt of the fraudulently obtained funds, the defendants did not use the money as intended, such as to pay employee salaries, cover fixed debt or utility payments, or continue health care benefits for employees. Instead, the defendants typically paid Hill and Moran, transferred money to their personal accounts, and spent the funds on various personal purchases. In other instances, the defendants sent the fraudulently obtained funds to Jonathon Spencer for purported investment in foreign exchange markets. In total, the defendants are alleged to have fraudulently obtained at least 16 loans and at least $3.5 million.”
This news begins the heels of Hasbro supposedly asking all staying members of the initial 1993 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast to return for the series’ upcoming 30th anniversary. The initial lineup included Jason Lee Scott/Red Ranger (Austin St. John), Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger (Amy Jo Johnson), Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger (Thuy Trang), Zack Taylor/Black Ranger (Walter Jones) and Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger (David Yost). The reunion would mark the very first time the initial cast has actually had a correct on-set reunion because the very first Red, Yellow, and Black Rangers left from the series in 1994, simply one year after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered.
Produced by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered in 1993, integrating initial video footage with clips from the already-popular Japanese Super Sentai franchise produced by Toei Business. Apart from the small-screen series, which has actually generated 21 versions throughout 28 seasons, the Power Rangers franchise has actually likewise produced a huge selection of comics, toys, and games. The 30th anniversary special is expected to be amongst the last episodes of the initial franchise ahead of Netflix introducing its own reboot of the series. The BOOM! Studios Power Rangers comics universe is likewise approaching its own 100-issue turning point.
If founded guilty, the offenders might each confront twenty years in federal jail.