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MLB Issues Statement, Will Not Immediately Investigate Shohei Ohtani’s Former Interpreter

Major League Baseball has officially released a statement following the charges against Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter.

Mizuhara was charged for bank fraud after it was revealed he stole more than $16 million from Ohtani’s account, and even impersonated him when the bank called to confirm the transactions.

Here’s the MLB’s statement:

“We are aware of the charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against Mr. Mizuhara for bank fraud after a thorough federal investigation. According to that investigation, Shohei Ohtani is considered a victim of fraud and there is no evidence that he authorized betting with an illegal bookmaker. Further, the investigation did not find any betting on baseball by Mr. Mizuhara. Given the information disclosed today, and other information we have already collected, we will wait until resolution of the criminal proceeding to determine whether further investigation is warranted.”

Via Bob Nightengale of USA Today

Mizuhara lost more than $40 million on approximately 19,000 wagers from Dec. 2021 to Jan. 2024.

Is Ippei Mizuhara Facing Prison Time?

Bank fraud could face a maximum fine of $1 million and/or up to 30 years in federal prison.

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

One Comment

  1. To much to lose for MLB in business with Japan, one of the biggest market in baseball. They will never treat him the same way they treat Pete Rose and the Chicago White Sox….

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