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1. Red Power Ranger actor arrested for COVID fraud

The red Power Ranger may be morphin his way to prison. Actor Austin St. John, who played the red Power Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has been arrested as part of an alleged scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration's COVID-19 relief program. He was one of 18 people charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and prosecutors said the defendants submitted false information on their applications for loan money and then didn't use it for the intended purpose, instead spending it "on various personal purchases." They allegedly obtained 16 loans totaling at least $3.5 million. According to TMZ, "approximately 15 FBI agents in tactical gear rolled up to" St. John's home to arrest him, and if he's convicted, he could spend 20 years behind bars. The arrests were announced in a Department of Justice press release — which at one point actually refers to St. John as "the Red Power Ranger."

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