Dodgers Interpreter Fired Amid Allegations of Illegal Gambling and Theft from Shohei Ohtani

Dodgers Interpreter Fired Amid Allegations of Illegal Gambling and Theft from Shohei Ohtani

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ interpreter for Shohei Ohtani, Ippei Mizuhara, has been fired following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star. The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, which revealed that Mizuhara, a close friend and interpreter for Ohtani, is accused of engaging in “massive theft” and using the athlete’s funds to cover bets with an allegedly illegal bookmaker.

Law firm Berk Brettler LLP, representing Ohtani, confirmed the accusations, stating, “In the course of responding to recent media inquiries, we discovered that Shohei has been the victim of a massive theft, and we are turning the matter over to the authorities.” The lawyers became aware of the theft after the publication learned that Ohtani’s name had surfaced during an investigation into Orange County resident Mathew Bowyer.

Sources informed ESPN that Bowyer, a bookmaker, had direct dealings with Mizuhara, who placed bets on various sports, excluding baseball, starting in 2021. Bank data reviewed by the outlet revealed that payments were wired from Ohtani’s account to an associate of Bowyer’s, covering Mizuhara’s losses. It is important to note that Ohtani himself does not engage in gambling activities.

The investigation into Bowyer is being conducted by the same prosecution team handling a multimillion-dollar illegal sports gambling scheme involving former minor league baseball player Wayne Nix of Newport Beach, as reported by The Times.

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