Romanian princess caught in cockfight bust in Eastern Oregon

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Romanian princess caught in cockfight bust in Eastern Oregon

Post by Bryant on Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:43 pm

Romanian princess caught in cockfight bust
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A Romanian princess and her husband, a former sheriff’s deputy, are apparently among several people federal agents arrested in Eastern Oregon on Thursday in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring.

Indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Portland charge Irina Walker, 60, and her husband John Wesley Walker, 67, with hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch about four miles south of Irrigon.

Federal prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the ranch, listed in state incorporation records as Stokes Landing Sport Horses. There was no answer to phone calls to the Walker home and the business, and it’s unclear if it is still in operation.

The Oregonian newspaper identified Irina Walker, also known as Irina Kreuger, as a daughter of the last king of Romania. Personnel records show John Wesley Walker was a Coos County sheriff’s deputy from 1998 to 2003.

The Walkers and four other people from Irrigon and Hermiston were to be arraigned in federal court in Portland on Friday on charges of operating an illegal gambling business. No lawyer for the Walkers or other defendants was listed as yet in court records.

Twelve others from Oregon and Washington face lesser charges of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act through illegal animal fighting. They are to be arraigned in Portland and Yakima, Wash.

The indictment said 10 different cockfighting derbies were held at the Walker’s ranch between April 2012 and April 2013, bringing in as much as $2,000 a day. Blades were attached to the birds’ legs, spectators were charged admission, and food and drink were sold, the indictment said.

The four others charged with being part of the gambling business are Mario Perez, 62, of Hermiston; David Sanchez, 29, of Irrigon; Jose Luis Virgen Ramirez, 48, of Hermiston; and Aurelia Garcia Mendoza, 33, of Irrigon.

The exiled King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania attended the baptism of Princess Irina’s daughter in Portland in 1987. At the time, she and her first husband, John Kreuger, raised horses near the southern Oregon Coast.

– The East Oregonian contributed to this report
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Post by Sir Pun on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:11 am

Heard about this. Damn romanians!

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Post by Dennis324 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:53 pm

Wonder if she'll get diplomatic immunity?  She oughta be thrown in jail.

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