The actor who performed Pink Energy Ranger within the “Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers” movies and tv collection has been charged with wire fraud conspiracy regarding the federal Paycheck Safety Program, officers stated.
Jason Lawrence Geiger, 47, of McKinney, Texas, is certainly one of 19 defendants named in a federal indictment, the FBI stated. Performing underneath the title Austin St. John, Geiger performed Jason Lee Scott, the Pink Energy Ranger.
Geiger was arrested Tuesday and remained jailed pending a Monday detention listening to earlier than a federal Justice of the Peace within the Dallas suburb of Plano, in accordance with court docket paperwork. He pleaded not responsible to the one rely towards him and “intends to vigorously defend himself towards this allegation,” stated his lawyer, David Klaudt of Dallas.
The Payroll Safety Program was a part of the CARES Act designed to offer emergency monetary help to hundreds of thousands of Individuals who had been struggling the financial results attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release issued Thursday, federal prosecutors stated the 19 defendants made fraudulent purposes for payroll safety advantages in the course of the pandemic lockdown and used the proceeds for private purchases and expenditures. In all, the defendants had been accused of acquiring no less than 16 loans value no less than $3.5 million.
If convicted, every could possibly be sentenced to as much as 20 years in federal jail.