A Romanian princess has been arrested along with her husband, a former US sheriff’s deputy, on charges related to a cockfighting ring in Eastern Oregon.
Irina Walker, 60, and John Wesley Walker, 67, are accused of hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch outside the small Morrow County town of Irrigon, Sky News reported.
The duo and four other people from Irrigon and Hermiston were accused in federal court in Portland on charges of operating an illegal gambling business.
According to a US indictment, 10 different cockfighting derbies were held at the Walker’s ranch between April 2012 and April 2013, bringing in as much as 2,000 dollars a day.
The indictment said that blades were attached to the birds’ legs, spectators were charged admission, and food and drink were sold.
The Oregonian newspaper identified Irina Walker, also known as Irina Kreuger, as a daughter of the last king of Romania.