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The Real Reason Behind Ben Rathbun’s Shocking Arrest

Former pastor Ben Rathbun who stars with Mahogany Roca in 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days was recently arrested in connection to a past charge.

News of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Ben Rathbun’s arrest came as a shock to the show’s viewers when they first read about it. It was reported that Ben was arrested for an alleged OUI (operating under the influence of alcohol) and driving with a suspended license. However, it was later revealed that the story was much more twisted than it seemed. Ben hasn’t been a fan-favorite as a 90 Day Fiancé cast member as he pursues Mahogany Roca, a woman 30 years younger than him to be his wife. Former pastor Ben has been called creepy, and him claiming his interest in Mahogany is “God’s plan” has brought him major backlash.

Ben, a 52-year-old from Michigan was introduced as a fitness model on 90 Day Fiancé. His photos had apparently attracted the attention of Mahogany, then 21, online. As per Ben, Mahogany lied to him about her age when she was just as old as his oldest daughter. He claimed to have been weirded out by this information on the show but ended up asking her why she doesn’t consider him her boyfriend in the very next episode. When Mahogany expressed her apprehensions about dating him and questioned Ben’s past relationships with his ex-wife and ex-fiancé, he pushed the blame on the women. The idea of Ben never being at fault for anything irked Mahogany, who received and ignored the 10 pages of text messages Ben sent her to justify himself. As fans waited for 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days episode 14, to see if Ben somehow manipulated Mahogany into dating her, the news of his arrest surfaced on the internet.

Related: 90 Day Fiance: Mahogany’s Lies that Made Ben Rightfully Suspicious

TMZ, first reported that Ben had been arrested for drunk driving on March 15 at 12:21 am in Michigan. The details of Ben’s arrest were unclear, but there were records of his bond being set at $10,000. The article also carried a mugshot of Ben which has since gone viral. It was later revealed via an update that Ben’s “OUI and suspended license arrest was back in 2020.” In January 2021, he was sentenced to 18 months probation. It seems Ben had a probation violation hearing on February 7, and he did not appear for it. The judge issued a bench warrant that supposedly led to Ben’s arrest. He was taken into custody at the Oakland County Jail. Ben was released on bond on the same evening after spending over 18 hours in jail at 6:59 pm.

90 Day Fiance Ben Rathbun

However, as per records obtained by Starcasm, it appears Ben “was charged OWPD (operating with the presence of drugs) and driving with a suspended/revoked license in November of 2020.” The incident took place on September 16, 2020. The publication claims Ben eventually pleaded guilty to a “lesser charge of OWAI (operating while ability impaired) and the suspended license charge was dismissed.” The publication also noted that it is unclear how he violated his probation. One day after his arrest, InTouch posted an article about how the father of four Ben also “ran into financial issues that led to several liens for delinquent taxes.” Ben has reported having several liens placed on his Warren, Michigan property over the years.

While fans initially thought it was Mahogany who was a scammer and hiding secrets about herself on 90 Day Fiancé, Ben has one-upped his girlfriend. Fans recently also came across a shared Facebook profile of him and his ex named Amy Phung, who he’s not mentioned on the TLC show. Soon after Reddit discovered the account “Ben N Amy Rathbun-Phung” and rumors of Ben being married to the woman started spreading, he disappeared from Instagram. Along with Ben, even Mahogany deactivated her IG, and proof of them being still together was shared by a 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days viewer who spotted them in a Lima mall around February 24. Whether Ben had told Mahogany about his 2020 arrest or his money issues behind the cameras is not known. But fans are wondering if after finding out the truth, Mahogany will still choose to stay together with Ben.

Next: 90 Day Fiancé: Why Mahogany Claims She Never Saw Ben As Her Boyfriend

Source: TMZStarcasm, InTouch

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