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Ippei Mizuhara, former interpreter of Shohei Ohtani, agrees to a guilty plea

Ippei Mizuhara, former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, agreed to a plea deal that could lead to as many as 33 years in prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Mizuhara, a 39-year-old native of Japan who had been very close to Ohtani since before the two-way baseball sensation came to the United States, will plead guilty to a pair of charges, authorities said, in connection with an alleged scheme to steal almost $17 million from an Ohtani bank account and use the money to pay off gambling debts and buy personal items.