Former interpreter of Shohei Ohtani to plead guilty in fraud case: Report

Shohei Ohtani was the victim of fraud according to federal authorities in the United States and his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, will plead guilty.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the plea “will include admission to a series of facts related to illegal conduct.” Last month, the baseball player accused the man who had been his close friend and performer since 2018 of stealing money from him to pay off gambling debts.

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“Before a few days ago, I knew nothing about this story. In short, Ippei stole money from my bank account and he lied,” Ohtani said at a press conference on March 25.

The Los Angeles Dodgers fired Mizuhara on March 20 after he gave two interviews to ESPN in which his version of events differed. He notably said that Ohtani had nothing to do with his illicit activities. The pitcher and designated hitter could have been punished if he had transferred funds to a bookmaker.

“On a personal note, I am very sad and in shock that someone I trusted did such a thing,” said the Japanese star.

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2024-04-11 01:58:50
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