12 April 2024

“Innocent” revealed… U.S. prosecutors “Mizuhara stole 22 billion won without Ohtani’s knowledge… Ohtani is a victim”

By pestfood.com

The truth of the sports gambling scandal that shook the Major League Baseball with Shohei Ohtani at the center has been revealed. Ohtani was also a victim and the main culprit, Mizuhara Ifei, was more than imagined. Ohtani’s damages alone amount to more than 16 million U.S. dollars. It is eight times the annual salary that Ohtani will receive from his team (2 million dollars).

U.S. media, including ESPN and USA Today, reported on the 12th (Korea Standard Time) that “Mizuhara, who was an interpreter exclusively for Otani, was charged with bank fraud by the U.S. federal prosecutors.” Prosecutor Martin Estrada, who is in charge of investigating the case, held a press conference and explained, “Mizuhara stole more than $16 million from Ohtani’s bank account for illegal sports gambling and lied to the bank to access Ohtani’s account,” adding, “We charged Mizuhara with bank fraud.”

Regarding the possibility of Ohtani’s involvement at the heart of the case, he asserted that “he is a victim.” Prosecutor Estrada said, “There is no evidence that Ohtani is related to or knows Mizuhara’s illegal activities. I would like to emphasize that Ohtani is considered a victim in this case.”

The incident was reported to the world on April 21. At that time, Ohtani and Mizuhara visited Korea to participate in the Seoul World Tour held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. The MLB Secretariat and the agency heard that Ohtani’s account was used during the series and that a prosecution investigation had begun, and Mizuhara interviewed ESPN and caused a stir in the process. After the game ended on May 20, Ohtani and other Dodgers officials heard the news, and the story came out to the world starting with ESPN’s exclusive report on May 21.

At the time, the LA Times said, “In the course of investigating an illegal gambler named Matthew Boyer, Ohtani’s name was mentioned, and Ohtani’s lawyer launched a fact-finding investigation. As a result, Mizuhara committed a large amount of illegal gambling and stole Ohtani’s personal funds.”

At first, Mizuhara claimed, “Otani paid off the debt on behalf of me.” In an interview with ESPN, Mizuhara explained, “Otani sent the money directly to pay off my gambling debt.” However, Otani immediately refuted, saying, “Mizuhara stole Ohtani’s account,” and only then Mizuhara reversed, saying, “Ohtani didn’t send the money himself.”

Upon hearing of the theft, the Dodgers immediately fired Mizuhara. Mizuhara’s first explanation, however, caused a stir in the entire baseball community. If Ohtani had acquiesced to Mizuhara’s illegal gambling and paid it back with his own money, that alone would have caused legal problems. To make matters worse, conspiracy theories emerged that Ohtani personally participated in the gambling and that Mizuhara would take responsibility instead. 업소알바

As suspicions grew against him, Ohtani held an emergency press conference at the Dodger Stadium on April 26 and completely denied all rumors. At the time, Ohtani said, “I think it’s really difficult to put into words how I feel. I was sad and shocked. I have never participated in baseball or other sports gambling. Please understand that there are limits to what we can talk about as there are issues that are currently under investigation. I never asked for sports gambling or gambling. I never asked for a remittance. I didn’t even know that happened until a few days ago.” Regarding Mizuhara, Ohtani also said, “I stole money from my account and lied to everyone around me,” claiming that he had nothing to do with the gambling scandal.