Feds File Complaint Against Ohtani's Interpreter

This week the US federal government unveiled charges against MLB superstar Shohei Ohtani's interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, who is alleged to have stolen $16 million from the player over 26 months in order to illegally bet on sports.

US Attorney Martin Estrada alleged that the money was stolen between November 2021 and January of this year in order to place bets with a bookie, a crime in the United States. Sportsbetting is legal in a number of states, but only through regulated bookmakers. Mizuhara is accused of working with an illegal bookie that's also under investigation by the feds.

Mizuhara is currently in negotiations to surrender to the Department of Justice, and will be formally charged soon. He faces bank fraud charges, which could result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of $1 million.

The DOJ is considering Ohtani to be a victim in this case, and Major League Baseball has indicated that they'll wait until formal information is available before determining whether or not an investigation into the player is warranted.

Casino Listings News is following this story and will update readers as appropriate.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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