Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter pleads guilty to gambling-related theft charges

Ippei Mizuhara admitted guilt to bank fraud for surreptitiously taking nearly $17 million from the baseball super star’s bank account to pay off wagering debts.

Ippei Mizuhara, the former translator for Los Angeles Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani, pleaded guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and subscribing to a false tax return.

Mizuhara admitted in a Santa Ana courtroom to stealing millions from Ohtani’s bank account to cover his gambling debts.

He confessed in court that he misused his access to Ohtani’s bank account to wire money for his own use.

U.S. District Court Judge John Holcomb has scheduled Mizuhara’s sentencing for October 25.

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