Editorial: New NWA Officer has shady past
Sep 14, 2012 - by Dr. Jerry Wiseman
Fred Rubenstein has had a controversial tenure as part of the NWA to say the least going back a number of years. Rubenstein is possibly best known for his part in a war with promoter Gino Moore over NWA New Jersey and how many in the business allege Rubenstein “screwed Moore out of NWA NJ.”
Rubenstein, according to a number of people, told anyone who would listen that he was a member of the New York State Bar alluding to the fact that he was a practicing attorney when he in fact was never admitted to the bar. Rubenstein had and has misrepresented himself a number of times as an attorney, which at best is perjury and at worst a felony. Either way according to the new bylaws of the Bruce Tharpe led NWA specifically…
Article 33 Section A:B
33. Conduct that May Result in Immediate Loss of Licensee Status: It is expressly understood that the following conduct may result in the Immediate Loss of Licensee Status by the Licensee, at the sole discretion of the NWA including, but not limited to:
a. Conviction of the Licensee (or any of its Principals) for the commission of any Felony Offense under the laws of the United States, or any State hereof;
b. Conviction of the Licensee (or any of its Principals) for the commission of any Misdemeanor Offense under the laws of the United States, or any state hereof, involving issues of Moral Turpitude;
Now it could be argued that Rubenstein has just been “accused” of this and has never been convicted so that would call into play this bylaw…
m. If the Licensee commits any act which the NWA believes, in its reasonable business judgment, would damage the Licensee’s or the NWA’s reputation and/or otherwise damages the value or integrity of the Programs, the Videos or the Merchandise or which could subject the Licensee to criminal prosecution; (x) if the Licensee commits any act which places or could place the Licensee or the NWA (or any of its owners, directors, officers, shareholders, licensees, assigns, associates, agents and/or employees) in a patently negative light; or
Either way Rubenstein is exactly the type of person that Bruce Tharpe himself has said he did not want in the NWA and he vowed to rid the NWA of personally attacking Robert Trobich for his issues with the North Carolina State Board and Mike Porter for his legal issues that were prior to his joining the NWA and which have been fifteen years removed from his life. Rubenstein’s transgressions have been while he has been part of or representing the NWA.
It has been told to me that Fred Rubenstein is currently under the radar of the Division of Tax Collection State of New Jersey for failure to pay state sales tax for years 1999-2001 and from 2000-2002 and could be held accountable for up to $72,000 owed in back taxes. It is also thought that an anonymous source has tipped off the State of New Jersey about possible tax fraud for failure to report income received from his professional wrestling operations including his stints as a referee.
Fred Rubenstein was named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed by Bruce Tharpe against the NWA in which it was alleged Rubenstein, along with Mike Sircy (who has been excused) as well as others committed insurance fraud. Now one of the very people Tharpe accused of insurance fraud sits on the new executive committee of the new NWA at the right hand of R. Bruce Tharpe.
Bruce Tharpe has vowed to make the NWA better, he has vowed to rid the NWA of the lesser element he so detests and yet he puts a man with questionable background at his side as his first order of business.
As an aside, Tharpe sought an endorsement from Dory Funk Jr. arguably one of the greatest NWA World Champions to ever wear the belt and one of the toughest men to ever step in the ring but yet one too embroiled in his own financial controversy. Funk has an outstanding judgment against him by a former student for $5,000 that he refuses to pay even though he has been ordered to do so by a judge.
R. Bruce Tharpe has gone on record in a recent interview and said the defendants will be released from the lawsuit within days or next week but when contacted the defendants in the case seem to know nothing about that happening. The next set of hearings are scheduled for the end of September and there are several motions to be heard. According to court records the appeals court has just received trial transcripts and motions to excuse certain individuals from the lawsuit have been removed.
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