Major League Baseball Investigates Allegations of Illegal Gambling and Theft Involving Los Angeles Dodgers Interpreter

Major League Baseball Investigates Allegations of Illegal Gambling and Theft Involving Los Angeles Dodgers Interpreter

Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into allegations of illegal gambling and theft surrounding Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shoei Ohtani’s longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. The league’s commissioner’s office confirmed on Friday that they have initiated the formal process to probe the matter after lawyers representing Ohtani accused Mizuhara of embezzling millions of dollars from the athlete to cover bets with an alleged illegal bookmaker.

The allegations came to light through media reports, prompting Major League Baseball to gather information and take action. The commissioner’s office stated that their Department of Investigations has commenced the formal process of looking into the matter.

Mizuhara, who had been a close friend and interpreter for Ohtani, was accused of engaging in “massive theft” and using the athlete’s funds to place bets with an alleged illegal bookmaker. The Dodgers confirmed Mizuhara’s termination in a statement to The Athletic on Wednesday.

Law firm Berk Brettler LLP, representing Ohtani, stated earlier this week that the athlete had fallen victim to a significant theft and that they would be involving the authorities. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that both Mizuhara and Mathew Bowyer, the alleged illegal bookmaker, are under criminal investigation through their Los Angeles Field Office.

Sources revealed that Mizuhara directly dealt with Bowyer, placing bets on soccer matches and other sports, excluding baseball, starting in 2021. Payments were reportedly wired from Ohtani’s account to an associate of Bowyer’s, as per sources and bank data reviewed by ESPN.

The investigation into Bowyer also involves the same prosecution team handling a multimillion-dollar illegal sports gambling scheme related to a bookmaking operation led by former minor league baseball player Wayne Nix of Newport Beach, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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1 Response

  1. It is important to note that the information provided in the comment is not accurate. As of my knowledge, there have been no allegations of illegal gambling or theft surrounding Shoei Ohtani’s interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. It is crucial to rely on credible sources and verified information when discussing such matters.

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