Shohei Ohtani’s Ex-Interpreter Pleads Guilty in $17M Gambling Scheme

Shohei Ohtani's Ex-Interpreter Pleads Guilty in $17M Gambling Scheme
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Los Ange­les Angels super­star Shohei Ohtani’s for­mer inter­preter, Ippei Mizuhara, has admit­ted guilt in a Cal­i­for­nia fed­er­al court to charges of bank and tax fraud. 

The plea deal stems from a gam­bling scheme where Mizuhara is accused of embez­zling mil­lions from Ohtani’s bank account.

Pros­e­cu­tors allege Mizuhara exploit­ed his trust with Ohtani to divert funds to ille­gal book­mak­ers. He even imper­son­at­ed Ohtani to autho­rize unau­tho­rized wire transfers. 

Mizuhara’s win­ning bets totaled over $142 mil­lion, which he kept for him­self. How­ev­er, his loss­es reached $183 mil­lion, result­ing in a net deficit of near­ly $41 million.

Mizuhara also con­fessed to fal­si­fy­ing his 2022 tax returns, under­re­port­ing income by over $4 million. 

Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Octo­ber 25th, with Mizuhara fac­ing up to 33 years in prison. Author­i­ties main­tain Ohtani was unaware of Mizuhara’s gam­bling activities.

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