No peace now: Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Power Rangers was arrested at his home in Texas this week. Seen in 2015 at Comic Con in Pennsylvania
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Power Rangers star Austin St John arrested by federal agents ‘carrying AR-15 guns’ as he is charged with $3.5M COVID loan fraud in huge FBI criminal case

  • St John of the 1990s hit TV series Power Rangers was ‘arrested at his home’ 
  • According to TMZ, the actor was taken in after federal agents arrived 
  • The agents showed up at his home in an upscale neighborhood in McKinney
  • The men came in SUVs holding AR-15 guns and were in tactical gear
  • A neighbor also said that the agents then ‘raided’ his residence
  • St John was charged with fraud in a large federal criminal case, it was claimed 
  • He was arrested over a twisted COVID loan relief scam, it was alleged
  • According to the site, the indictment alleges St John was part of a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program
  • He has been accused of scamming the government out of $3.5 million 
  • If convicted he could go to prison for a maximum of 20 years 

Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Might Morphin Power Rangers was reportedly arrested at his luxury home in Texas this week.

According to TMZ, the 47-year-old actor – who played Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott on the show – was handcuffed and arrested after federal agents showed up at his home in an upscale neighborhood in McKinney holding AR-15 guns.

It was added that the agent ‘raided’ his residence.

St John was allegedly charged with wire fraud in a very large federal criminal case about COVID loans, it was claimed, with the actor being accused of scamming the government out of $3.5 million.

If convicted he could go to prison for a maximum of 20 years. 

No peace now: Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Power Rangers was arrested at his home in Texas this week. Seen in 2015 at Comic Con in Pennsylvania

No peace now: Austin St John of the 1990s hit TV series Power Rangers was arrested at his home in Texas this week. Seen in 2015 at Comic Con in Pennsylvania

St John has allegedly been arrested over abusing COVID small business loans.

According to the site, the indictment alleges St John was part of a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

The program was built to aid small businesses affected by COVID.

The actor allegedly obtained a total of 16 loans which came to the amount of $3.5 million.

In his suit: The actor began his Hollywood career in 1993 when he was cast as Jason Lee Scott in the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Seen in 1995

In his suit: The actor began his Hollywood career in 1993 when he was cast as Jason Lee Scott in the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Seen in 1995

But the feds have claimed that he did not use the money for a small businesses but rather splurged on luxury goods for himself. 

The site spoke to one of the star’s neighbors who told the site that it was a very big scene at St John’s home.

It was claimed that about 15 FBI agents in ‘tactical gear’ arrived at the home on Thursday morning at 7am.

Not easy: According to TMZ, the actor was taken in after federal agents showed up at his home in an upscale neighborhood in McKinney holding AR-15 guns and 'raided' his residence. Seen in 2017 in Vancouver

Not easy: According to TMZ, the actor was taken in after federal agents showed up at his home in an upscale neighborhood in McKinney holding AR-15 guns and ‘raided’ his residence. Seen in 2017 in Vancouver

A total of 18 people were arrested for the scam, it was claimed.

The agents were not in police sedans but rather in Tahoe Suburbans.

The neighbor said that it looked as if the men were holding AR-15 guns – a very accurate and modern sporting rifle – as they arrived at his front door.

It was added that they then ‘entered the home.’ When they exited the premises, the neighborhood claimed that they saw St John in handcuffs.

Charged: St John was allegedly charged with fraud in a very large federal criminal case, it was claimed. Seen in 2017 in Vancouver

Charged: St John was allegedly charged with fraud in a very large federal criminal case, it was claimed. Seen in 2017 in Vancouver

The 6ft actor began his Hollywood career in 1993 when he was cast as Jason Lee Scott in the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

He left the show in its second season but returned for guest appearances. The show was on the air from 1993 until 1996.

In the subsequent years, the star would show up for fan events like Comic Con as he met with followers and signed autographs. 

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