The meticulous criminal plans of Shohei Ohtani (LA Dodgers), a former interpreter of Shohei Ohtani (LA Dodgers), who was held legally responsible for illegal gambling and theft, have been revealed one after another, shocking.

According to the New York Times, a U.S. media outlet on the 11th (Korea time), Mizuhara was notified of his dismissal by the Dodgers after it was revealed that he sent money to a gambler from his Ohtani account to pay off his illegal gambling debt.

The general consensus was that it didn’t make sense that Ohtani didn’t know a large amount of money was withdrawn from his account. As a result, suspicions about Ohtani were raised. However, Mizuhara has been confirmed to have taken measures to prevent Ohtani from receiving the deposit and withdrawal details notification service.

Investigators have secured evidence of Mizuhara’s specific crime plan. Investigators are said to have entered preliminary sentencing negotiations to lower the sentence in exchange for Mizuhara’s guilty plea.

Matthew Boyer, who ran an illegal sports betting company, was found to have owed a large amount of money to a betting company run by Mizuhara during a federal investigation. Mizuhara was found to have transferred a total of $4.5 million (about 6 billion won) from Ohtani’s account to Boyer’s account.

As a result, Mizuhara was fired from the Dodgers, and Ohtani, who had been close to Mizuhara when he joined the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan in 2013, was greatly shocked.

“He is very shocking and sad because he was someone I trusted. I have never placed a bet or asked for a sports bet,” Ohtani said in a statement on the 26th of last month.

“There is a limit to what I can do today, so I hope you understand and I want to explain what happened,” he said. “I never bet on anything or bet on baseball or other sports events or asked for it. I never had a chance. I didn’t even know he was doing it until a few days ago. He was stealing money and lying to everyone,” he said.

Ohtani continued, “I lied that we were communicating without telling them (ESPN’s) request for coverage. I learned about this problem during a team meeting right after the opening match of the Korean team. There was no interpretation and I was talking in English, so I couldn’t fully understand.” He added, “I wasn’t there and it was a bit awkward. I waited for the two of them to talk after I got back to the hotel.”

Ohtani explained, “It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel that I learned in detail that (Mizuhara) was lying. She soon informed her lawyer and the Dodgers. This is all that has happened so far.”

However, allegations of involvement persisted as she did not specify how Mizuhara had accessed her account, nor did she know that a large amount of money had been transferred from the account. However, investigators confirmed that Ohtani had nothing to do with illegal gambling and concluded that she was the victim. Mizuhara will be arraigned.


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