One of the most iconic Rangers of the Universe of all time has just revealed his true mission and hiding this secret from other Rangers could destroy them all. The actor behind the Red Power Ranger, the iconic television superhero of the 1990s, was charged with fraud on Thursday. The Department of Justice has named 18 people on federal charges that have accused them of violating a conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the eastern district of Texas, and a group of 18 suspects includes Mighty Morphin. Power Rangers Austin St. Si St. John, whose real name is Jason Lawrence Geiger, was the original Red Ranger show, and while we wait for more details on the cases, the release of U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says 18 suspects have been arrested or called. before appearing before a federal judge. If convicted, 18 suspects face up to 20 years in prison.
Austin St. John initially debuted as Jason Lee Scott of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 before retiring in the middle of the second season due to differences in contract. He later returned to play fans of the popular Golden Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo and also appeared in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie before appearing in the Power Rangers Wild Force’s tenth anniversary episode, “Forever Red.” He is back after an 18-year hiatus due to the Power Rangers Beast Morphers episode “Grid Connection”, which will now be his last appearance in a long-running series. Below you can read an excerpt from the official edition of the Ministry of Justice and a list of suspects.
Michael Lewayne Hill, Tank, 47, of Mineral Wells;
Andrew Charles Moran, 43, of Lewisville;
Peter Keovongphet, Lil ‘Pete, 34, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
Ty Alan Burkhart, 34, of Frisco;
Jason Lawrence Geiger, Austin St. John Red Power Ranger, 47, of McKinney;Eric Reed Marascio, Phoenix Marcon, 50, of Allen;
Christopher Lee McElfresh, 43, of Frisco;
Cord Dean Newman, 44, of Homosassa, FL;
Elmer Omar Ayala, 45, of Midlothian;
Gregory Fitzgerald Hatley, Jr., 38, of Allen;
Alexander Eric Cortesano, 52, from Dallas;
Arthur Atik Pongtaratik, 33, of Carrollton;
Miles Justin Urias, 34, of Richardson;
Fabian C. Hernandez, 44, of Lake Alfred, FL;
Daniel Lee Warren, 33, no address;
Raja Bensellam, 49, from Allen;
Hadi Mohammed Taffal, 50, of Allen; and
Jonathan James Spencer, Spence, 33, of Rowlett.
Based on these factual statements, the SBA and other financial institutions approved and provided loans to the suspects. Once the fraudulent funds were received, the suspects did not use the money as intended, such as paying staff salaries, covering fixed debt or public service payments, or continuing health care benefits.
In total, the suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining at least 16 loans and at least $ 3.5 million.