The next court hearing for Ippei Mizuhara, formerly the interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, will take place June 4 over his alleged theft of nearly $17 million from the baseball player, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

Mizuhara has agreed to plead guilty to two charges including bank fraud during the upcoming hearing at a district court in Los Angeles, the Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said.

Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, is surrounded by the media in front of a federal district court in Los Angeles on May 14, 2024, after attending a court hearing over two charges including bank fraud in connection with the theft of nearly $17 million of the two-way baseball player's money. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

After he enters a plea, a sentencing date will be scheduled, "most likely for several months in the future," the office said.

Mizuhara is alleged to have stolen $16.98 million from one of Ohtani's accounts from November 2021 to March this year to cover gambling debts and other personal expenses.

The former interpreter is also accused of submitting a false tax return for 2022, failing to report the $4.1 million he took from Ohtani's account that year.

Ohtani's salary from playing professional baseball was deposited into the account, which he opened as a Los Angeles Angels player with Mizuhara's help in March 2018 after they came to the United States. Ohtani played for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan and Mizuhara worked as an interpreter for the club.

Mizuhara later allegedly changed the contact information on the player's account to link it to his own phone number and email address.

The theft allegations emerged through media reports while the Dodgers were on a trip to Seoul in March that included a pair of season-opening games against the San Diego Padres. Mizuhara was fired by the Dodgers following the revelation.


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