Japanese Interpreter Allegedly Stole Over $16 Million from Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers Superstar Cleared of Wrongdoing

In a shocking turn of events, it has been revealed that Japanese interpreter Ippei Mizuhara allegedly stole a staggering total of over $16 million from Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani. This amount is nearly four times what was previously reported, leaving many astonished at the extent of the theft. Federal authorities, who have been investigating the case, announced their findings on Thursday, providing evidence that supports Ohtani’s claims of being unaware of the gambling activities.

The investigation has cleared Ohtani of any wrongdoing, with federal law enforcement officials repeatedly emphasizing that he is a victim in this case. E. Martin Estrada, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, stated that Ohtani fully cooperated with the investigation, providing digital devices and personal information. It is expected that Ohtani will continue to cooperate fully as the case progresses.

Mizuhara, who had been Ohtani’s interpreter and close companion for a decade, has been charged with bank fraud, a federal offense that carries a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years. The criminal complaint filed against Mizuhara describes a pattern of deceitful behavior, exploiting the trust he had built with Ohtani over the years.

Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, Ohtani remains free to continue his impressive performance as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. With a batting average of .333, three home runs, and a league-leading eight doubles, Ohtani has been a force to be reckoned with in the National League. Major League Baseball has stated that it will conduct its own investigation once the federal probe is complete, but will wait for the resolution of the criminal proceeding before determining the need for further action.

During a news conference on March 25, Ohtani expressed his dismay over Mizuhara’s actions, stating that his interpreter had been lying to everyone, including those around him. Ohtani vehemently denied any involvement in illegal gambling, emphasizing that he had never placed bets on sporting events or asked anyone to do so on his behalf.

According to the charging documents, Mizuhara set up a bank account where Ohtani’s salary was deposited, denying access to Ohtani’s agent, accountant, and financial advisor. Mizuhara allegedly impersonated Ohtani during phone calls with bank officials, authorizing wire transfers to bookmakers. The records reviewed by federal investigators do not indicate any bets on baseball games.

The affidavit filed with the charges reveals that Mizuhara made approximately 19,000 wagers between December 2021 and January 2024, averaging nearly 25 bets per day. While Mizuhara won over $142 million, he lost nearly $183 million, leaving him approximately $40 million in debt. Notably, the investigation did not find any evidence of Ohtani’s involvement in the bets.

Mizuhara is scheduled to make his initial federal court appearance on Friday, where he is expected to surrender and be released on bond. Ohtani, on the other hand, is set to continue his baseball career with the Dodgers, focusing on his impressive performance on the field.

Author: CrimeDoor

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