Shohei Ohtani's former translator negotiates guilty plea in connection with alleged theft: report – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


Ibe Mizuhara, the former translator for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani who was fired in March after Ohtani claimed Mizuhara stole millions of dollars to pay off gambling debts, is negotiating a deal to plead guilty to the alleged theft. According to a report by the New York Times.

The report described the investigation into Mizuhara's alleged theft as “rapidly approaching its conclusion” and noted that federal prosecutors had found evidence that Mizuhara may have stolen more than the $4.5 million that initially appeared in news reports when the story first broke. The evidence alleges that Mizuhara changed the settings in Ohtani's bank accounts so that Ohtani would not be aware of the transactions, according to the report.

These alleged actions would serve as confirmation of Ohtani's only statements on the case, which came after the Dodgers returned from South Korea on March 25.

“Ebi has been stealing money from my account and lying,” Ohtani said through his new translator, Will Ireton.

The Times reported that Mizuhara has appointed former federal prosecutor Michael Friedman as his lawyer. A message left for Friedman was not immediately returned.

The IRS and Department of Homeland Security, along with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, have opened an investigation into Mizuhara and Matthew Boyer, the alleged illegal bookmaker with whom Mizuhara said he placed bets. A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Major League Baseball has also opened an investigation into the situation. An MLB spokesperson declined to comment when reached Wednesday evening.

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