Ohtani’s interpreter accused of millions in gambling theft

Ohtani’s interpreter accused of millions in gambling theft

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Ohtani’s interpreter accused of millions in gambling theft

Shohei Ohtani’s lawyers accuse his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, of stealing millions of dollars to gamble with an unlicensed bookmaker.

Ohtani’s name surfaced during an investigation into Mathew Bowyer, the bookmaker Mizuhara allegedly used to make sports wagers. This is how the accusation was discovered.

Ohtani’s attorneys announced that they are referring the case to police enforcement after learning of the “massive theft” while answering questions from the media. A representative for Ohtani, however, refuted Ohtani’s involvement in betting and said that Ohtani had sent funds to Bowyer’s bookmaking business in order to pay off Mizuhara’s debts from gambling.

The Dodgers dismissed Mizuhara after he acknowledged to betting but insisted he was unaware that it was against the law. He said he never placed a baseball wager and that his excessive gambling debt forced him to place more bets in an attempt to make up for his losses.

The claims made against Ohtani are the most recent in a string of events involving Los Angeles sportsmen and illicit gaming. The business manager of LeBron James and Yasiel Puig were implicated in previous lawsuits.

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