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Inside Baseball, Outside the Law

In recent weeks, controversy and speculation have exploded around Japanese MLB star Shohei Ohtani and his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, after it was revealed that Mizuhara had been gambling with an illegal bookmaker based in California for several years and was embezzling funds from Ohtani to pay for his mounting losses.

Interpreter Mizuhara had been gambling with an illegal bookmakerAs of this writing, Mizuhara is charged with federal bank fraud and allegedly stole some $16 million from Ohtani.

An affidavit from federal prosecutors shed light on the interpreter’s betting habits, and said that from December 2021 to January 2024, he placed a total of about 19,000 bets, or an average of about 25 per day.

These bets ranged in value from $10 all the way up to $160,000, for an average of about $12,800 per bet. Overall, his winnings were said to have totaled $142.25 million, while his losses amounted to $182.9 million, resulting in total debts of $40.67 million.

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