'Power Rangers' actor faces prison for alleged $3.5 million tax scam

Austin St. John arrested
He was the first Red Ranger
From saving the world to prison time?
Tax crime
Loan Protection Program
17 others arrested in the operation
$3.5 million
Pleads not guilty
Deceived by third parties
They expect exoneration
Detained at his home
15 FBI agents to stop the Red Ranger
In prison until 70
Actor, paramedic and martial arts instructor
Austin St. John arrested

Austin St. John, the actor who played the red Power Ranger on TV in the 90s, has been arrested for an alleged tax crime.

He was the first Red Ranger

Jason Geiger, the actor's real name, was born in 1974. He became very famous in the 1990s thanks to his lead role in the series 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.'

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From saving the world to prison time?

Nearly three decades later, Austin St. John has gone from saving the world from giant monsters to facing a prison sentence that could span two decades.

Tax crime

The actor would have illegally benefited from government aid to small businesses, which was created to alleviate the economic crisis during the pandemic.

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Loan Protection Program

According to Deadline, police investigations showed that the accused had submitted false requests to the Loan Protection Program.

17 others arrested in the operation

In addition to Austin St. John, 17 other people were arrested in the operation.

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$3.5 million

Austin St. John reportedly took out 16 loans with which he raised a total of 3.5 million dollars. According to the investigation, cited by Deadline, he used this money for personal expenses.

Pleads not guilty

Austin St. John denies the charges and pleads not guilty. In fact, his production company, Galactic Productions, published an explanation for the case on social media.

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"Austin has never met" most of the people in the indictment

"Austin St. John is a father, husband, role model and friend to many. The indictment detailed today is populated by a multitude of individuals - the majority of which Austin has no knowledge of, and has never met or interacted with," the post reads.

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Deceived by third parties

"It is our understanding that Austin put his faith, reputation, and finances in the hands of third parties, whose goals were self-centered and ultimately manipulated and betrayed his trust," the producer emphasizes.

They expect exoneration

"We expect Austin’s legal team to successfully defend against these charges and lead to his ultimate exoneration," the statement reads.

Detained at his home

TMZ detailed the arrest of the legendary Power Ranger. The police would have arrived, by surprise, at his home in Texas.

15 FBI agents to stop the Red Ranger

About 15 FBI agents reportedly participated in the police raid and arrest of Austin St. John.

 

In prison until 70

As confirmed by the Justice Department to TMZ, the accumulated charges can cost Austin St. John up to 20 years in prison, which would mean he would get out when he's close to 70.

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Actor, paramedic and martial arts instructor

After his TV success, the actor worked as a paramedic and martial arts instructor. In 2020, he appeared in 'Power Rangers Beast Morphers,' a reboot of the original series.

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