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Red Power Rangers actor charged with COVID loan fraud




(Grey News) – Austin Saint Johnthe actor who played the role of the Red Power Ranger in the 1990s TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a Check Protection Scheme scam of pay.

St. John, also known as Jason Lawrence Geiger, is one of 18 people charged in the case, according to a federal indictment.

The defendants are accused of fraudulently obtaining at least $3.5 million through at least 16 loans.

According to the indictment, the following people were arrested or summoned to appear before a federal investigative judge:

  • Michael Lewayne Hill, aka Tank, 47, of Mineral Wells;
  • Andrew Charles Moran, 43, of Lewisville;
  • Peter Keovongphet, aka Lil Pete, 34, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;
  • Ty Alan Burkhart, 34, of Frisco;
  • Jason Lawrence Geiger, aka Austin St. John, 47, of McKinney;
  • Eric Reed Marascio, aka Phoenix Marcon, 50, of Allen;
  • Christopher Lee McElfresh, 43, of Frisco;
  • Cord Dean Newman, 44, of Homosassa, FL;
  • Elmer Omar Ayala, 45, from Midlothian;
  • Gregory Fitzgerald Hatley, Jr., 38, of Allen;
  • Alexander Eric Cortesano, 52, of Dallas;
  • Arthur Atik Pongtaratik, 33, of Carrollton;
  • Miles Justin Urias, 34, of Richardson;
  • Fabian C. Hernandez, 44, of Lake Alfred, Fla.;
  • Daniel Lee Warren, 33, address unknown;
  • Rajaa Bensellam, 49, of Allen;
  • Hadi Mohammed Taffal, 50, of Allen; and
  • Jonathon James Spencer, aka Spence, 33, of Rowlett.

They allegedly twisted the information about the PPP applications and eventually transferred the money to personal accounts or invested it in the foreign exchange markets.

The indictment says Michael Hill and Andrew Moran are accused of leading the scheme to defraud small business administration lenders and PPP.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to 20 years in federal prison.

The PPP was set up to help small businesses keep workers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving them access to low-interest loans.

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