Three Royal Outlaws, Including Romanian Princess, Arrested for Cockfighting

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 17, 2013 Updated: August 19, 2013

Irina Walker, also known as Irina Kreuger, 60, is the daughter of Romania’s exiled King Michael I. The princess allegedly runs a cockfighting ring with her husband in Oregon.

Walker and her husband, 57-year-old John Wesley Walker, were arrested on Thursday on one count of operating an illegal gambling business, one count of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act, and nine counts of operating an unlawful animal fighting venture, according to the indictment

The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She and her husband were charged along with several others allegedly helping operate the business.

Another royal outlaw was arrested on American soil in July. Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested in California on human trafficking charges. She faces up to 12 years in prison. She allegedly forced a Kenyan woman to work in her Orange County condominium.

The woman said her passport was taken so she couldn’t leave, and she was forced to work excessively and for less money than originally agreed upon.

“This is not a contract dispute,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said during a bail hearing, according to Fox News. “This is holding someone captive against their will.”

In January, the Australian-born 13th Duke of Manchester, Alexander Montagu, was arrested in Los Angeles. It was only the latest in a string of scandalous run-ins with the law sprinkled across the timeline of the duke’s life.

In 1985, when he was in his early 20s, he was sentenced to three years in prison in Australia on 22 fraud charges, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. In 1991, he hired a rental car and sold it, reports the Herald. That same year, he was arrested in Canada, having entered illegally. He was deported after spending four days in jail.

In 2011, it was revealed that the duke was a bigamist.

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.