Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara to plead GUILTY for fraud over $17M theft from Dodgers star

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By Jake Nisse

Published: 16:41 EDT, 8 May 2024 | Updated: 17:00 EDT, 8 May 2024

Shohei Ohtani's erstwhile interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, has opted to plead blameworthy to slope fraud aft allegedly stealing $17million from nan shot star, nan Central District of California's Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday.

The count of slope fraud carries a maximum condemnation of 30 years successful prison. Mizuhara will besides plead blameworthy to 1 count of subscribing to a mendacious taxation return, which carries a condemnation of up to 3 years.

He is expected to participate a blameworthy plea 'in nan coming weeks,' pinch his arraignment scheduled for May 14. 


The ungraded surrounding Mizuhara shocked shot fans from nan U.S. to Japan erstwhile nan news collapsed successful March. Mizuhara exploited his individual and master narration pinch Ohtani to plunder millions from nan two-way player's relationship for years, astatine times impersonating Ohtani to bankers, prosecutors said. 

Mizuhara's winning bets totaled complete $142M, which he deposited successful his ain slope relationship and not Ohtani's. But his losing bets were astir $183M, a nett nonaccomplishment of astir $41M. He did not wager connected baseball.

There was nary grounds that Ohtani was progressive successful aliases alert of Mizuhara's gambling, and nan subordinate is cooperating pinch investigators, authorities said.

When news of nan prosecution collapsed successful precocious March, nan Dodgers fired nan expert and MLB opened its ain investigation.

MLB rules prohibit players and squad labor from wagering connected baseball, moreover legally. MLB besides bans betting connected different sports pinch forbidden aliases offshore bookmakers.

Mizuhara has been free connected an unsecured $25,000 bond, colloquially known arsenic a signature bond, meaning he did not person to put up immoderate rate aliases collateral to beryllium freed.

If he violates nan enslaved conditions - which see a request to acquisition gambling addiction curen - he will beryllium connected nan hook for $25k.

Ohtani has sought to attraction connected nan section arsenic nan lawsuit winds done nan courts. Hours aft his ex-interpreter first appeared successful tribunal successful April, he deed his 175th location tally successful MLB, tying Hideki Matsui for nan astir by a Japan-born player, during nan Dodgers' 8-7 nonaccomplishment to nan San Diego Padres successful 11 innings.

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