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Ohtani's ex-interpreter negotiating guilty plea: New York Times

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What is there to negotiate?

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Never liked this Mizuhara character. Many of us thought he looked shady all along. He will be hoping his plea results in less than a few years in the pen.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

The U.S. authorities think they have evidence that Mizuhara was able to change the settings on Ohtani's bank account so Ohtani would not receive alerts and confirmations about transactions...

I'd like to know what bank this is. I have tried to do the same to stop my wife getting alerts from my account, but it's impossible.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Mizuhara sent "at least $4.5 million in wire transfers" from Ohtani's bank account to a bookmaker, according to ESPN.

A question.

If the money is stolen, is the bookie in possession of stolen goods and does he/she have to return said stolen goods?

gary

8 ( +10 / -2 )

No bookie would take that much of a IOU. Ohtani is guilty and I am sure the MLB don't want their golden boy going away. Baseball is a dying sport in the US. Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

Man, I can't imagine being his age and going to jail, then having to pay 4.5 million dollars (not yen) back plus interest. This guy might as well join a monastery.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

jforce...

No bookie would take that much of a IOU. Ohtani is guilty and I am sure the MLB don't want their golden boy going away. Baseball is a dying sport in the US. Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

I agree except...

Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

I believe he is willingly taking the fall for this.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

No bookie would take that much of a IOU. Ohtani is guilty and I am sure the MLB don't want their golden boy going away. Baseball is a dying sport in the US. Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

Yeah, Ippei is taking the fall and going to federal prison for several years because he’s covering for Otani.

That makes sense, smh…..

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Ohtani's ex-interpreter negotiating guilty plea....

For what exactly?

Breaking and entering?

Shohei Ohtani allegedly kept watch?

Mizuhara sent "at least $4.5 million in wire transfers" from Ohtani's bank account to a bookmaker, according to ESPN.

Mizuhara earnt that from washing cars in his spare time?

They were having a flutter that that both lost control, learn and move on

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I don't think you actually believe this.

I believe he is willingly taking the fall for this.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

He was an interpreter, not the accountant. How on earth did he have access to Ohtani's computer?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

No bookie would take that much of a IOU. Ohtani is guilty and I am sure the MLB don't want their golden boy going away. Baseball is a dying sport in the US. Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

I agree except...

Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

I believe he is willingly taking the fall for this.

Several years in the big boy’s prison with the big BIG boys, the end of his career in almost any field, most likely the end of his marriage, and certain financial ruin; all so Shohei’s non-existent gambling remains hushed up?

Just how thick does someone need to be to subscribe to something this stupid?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

No matter how this plays out, the stink of this scandal will follow Ohtani for the rest of his life.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Until this issue is completely investigated and resolved I am a skeptic. Otani has more than enough money to make Mizuhara an offer he can’t refuse. Paying him off to take the full blame now or whenever he’s released from prison would be in both of their interests, along with the Dodgers and the MLB.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

For there to be trust in the investigation, there must be absolute transparency, whatever the conclusion it leads to. Mizuhara may indeed be the bad guy and his fall richly deserved, but it is incumbent upon officials to ensure that the evidence trail is fully traced and that there be no doubts about who’s responsible and how it all transpired.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What is there to negotiate?

Taking the fall for the real gambler.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

@3RENSHO

What is there to negotiate?

In US justice system, the accused can negotiate with the prosecutor on the term of sentencing in exchange for a guilty plea. This saves time and expense of having to go through a full trial and appeals.

The judge doesn't have to accept the agreed sentencing(It's merely a prosecutorial recommendation), but they usually do.

For example, an accused facing death penalty may agree to plea guilty in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of a parole, because a death penalty conviction can cost millions of dollars and decades of appeals before it can be carried out.

Even the innocents may take a guilty plea and seek to clear their names after being released from prison.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The negotiations is a short sentence and being sent to a country club federal pen, part of me want to say Ippei will be a millionaire one way or the other write a tell tell all book once he gets out or get paid to take the heat and keep his mouth shut. There is a lot of money involved. Baseball is not the #1 sport in america they are losing fans and if the face of baseball goes down think about what it would do to the gates!!!

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

On another note I find it very hard for Ohtani's accountants to not notice this supposedly illegal activity. I say this because two week ago I went to the car dealership with my son in law he is a well known professional athlete he was purchasing a electrical SUV Maybach what I thought would be a 2 hour deal took more than that. His agent had to get involved, the bank was called and its not that he didn't have the money and Its not that they didn't know who he was he is a very high profile athlete. It was just all the checks and balances that had to be checked and cleared on a all cash money deal. So I am scratching my head asking how did he NOT Know about money moving out of his account. I know everyone is different but I saw this first hand and seeing how this works, I am still confused, because my son in law has millions and is one of the highest paid at his position. I am not saying Ohtani did anything wrong what I am questioning is what is his accountants doing? Where are the checks and balances at, because I saw it two weeks ago!

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Boy, I wish I knew half of the stuff people here do. I guess I'm just not in on the facts. "He's guilty", "Mizuhara is taking the fall for Ohtani", Ohtani must have known because banks always contact you about large sums of money and so on and on. Here I sit thinking presumption of innocence is a thing. What do I know? I was going to sit this one out till we knew the facts. I'm such a dummy. Where can I go to get the information everyone else does?

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LOL ESPN seems to know they just reported the interpreter took $16 million dollars.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not looking good for the former translator. It is very telling that he deposited his winnings to his own account. To JT posters Samit Basu and otherworldy; upvoted for your additional information.

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Where can I go to get the information everyone else does?

You're in the right place .!.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

What is there to negotiate?

Federal prosecutors in the US have a conviction rate that rivals Japan's 99% rate. Most people take the plea deal because their punishment will be several times worse if they dare to exercise their right to a trial.

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commanteerToday  08:36 am JST

What is there to negotiate?

Federal prosecutors in the US have a conviction rate that rivals Japan's 99% rate. Most people take the plea deal because their punishment will be several times worse if they dare to exercise their right to a trial.

Federal ones, yes. Those are the laws people typically run afoul of.

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*aren't

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As of today I heard the amount stolen now is over 24 million USD and Ohtani-san didn't miss it. He must not really care about money.

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