Power Rangers actor says he was tricked into alleged COVID relief cheating scheme

Power Rangers actor says he was tricked into alleged COVID relief cheating scheme

Austin Saint John

Austin Saint John
Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

Today, in “Crimes That Would Be Gross But Relatively Trivial, If A Former Power Rangers Member Didn’t Commit Them,” news: Austin St. John, best known for playing the first-ever full-length Red Ranger by Saban Entertainment Power Rangers by Mighty Morphinwas arrested this week, along with 16 others, on allegations of fraud related to government COVID-19 relief funds.

It is by THRwhich reports that St. John, a martial artist, author and actor who appeared a number of times throughout the endless expansion Power Rangers frankness as his character, Jason Lee Scott—was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Tuesday. He is one of many who have reportedly applied for the U.S. government COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program—intended to help small businesses retain employees during pandemic shutdowns—under false pretenses, instead using payments for personal purchases while send money to the ringleaders accused of the scheme. The group is accused of defrauding more than $3.5 million from the program.

In a post on his Instagram todaySt. John’s representatives portrayed him as a victim in this whole conspiracy, writing that:

Austin St. John is a father, husband, role model, and friend of many. The indictment detailed today is populated by a multitude of individuals…the majority of whom Austin has no knowledge of and has never met or interacted with. We understand that Austin put his faith, reputation and finances in the hands of third parties whose goals were self-serving and ultimately manipulated and betrayed his trust. We expect Austin’s legal team to successfully defend against these charges and lead to his ultimate exoneration.

In addition to his work with the Power Rangers franchise, St. John recently burst into the world of faith-based cinema, appearing alongside Stephen Baldwin in 2019 A walk with grace.


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