Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani ex-interpeter, agrees to guilty plea deal

Ippei Mizuhara, the former longtime interpreter of Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, has accepted a plea deal that could lead to 33 years in federal prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Mizuhara, a 39-year-old Japanese man who was extremely close to Ohtani before the two-way baseball sensation arrived in the United States, Mizuhara will plead guilty to two charges, authorities said, related to an alleged theft scheme. nearly $17 million in Ohtani’s bank account and using the money to pay off his gambling debts and purchase personal items.

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