Shohei Ohtani’s Interpreter Wired Money to Reality TV Star

  • Ippei Mizuhara sent the money to a “The Real Housewives of Orange County” cast member
  • Ryan Boyajian’s criminal attorney said that his client was not a bookmaker
  • Boyajian allegedly helped his bookmaker friend launder the money at casinos
Shohei Ohtani
The latest twist in the Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal is the revelation that the MLB star’s interpreter sent money to a reality television star to pay off his debts. [Image: / All-Pro Reels]

Latest surprise

The illegal betting scandal involving MLB superstar Shohei Ohtani has taken many twists and turns since it first came to light in March. With the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger’s interpreter Ippei Mizuhara set to plead guilty to stealing almost $17m from his former boss to pay his gambling debts, ESPN reported on Wednesday that he sent the money to a reality television star.

was not named in the case’s criminal complaint

The illegal bookmaker who was accepting bets from the interpreter told him to wire the funds to an associate, who turned out to be a current cast member of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” television show, Ryan Boyajian. He was not named in the case’s criminal complaint and the pair have worked together on real estate projects, developing a friendship over almost two decades.

Taking the stand

Boyajian’s criminal attorney told ESPN that his client couldn’t comment on anything due to the ongoing investigation, just saying that he is currently “working with the authorities” and emphasizing that he was “not a bookmaker or a sub-bookie.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County is a popular show on Bravo that follows the lavish lives of wealthy housewives in Southern California. Their husbands often appear in episodes.

Multiple ESPN sources claim that the reality television star will provide testimony in exchange for immunity. Mizuhara’s arraignment will take place on Tuesday; the 39-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison for bank fraud and an additional three-year term for filing a false tax return.

Laundering the funds

The illegal bookmaker Mathew Bowyer and his friend Boyajian reportedly often went to Las Vegas Strip casinos to gamble, most frequently Resorts World Las Vegas, and would receive comps in return for their business.

Resorts World Las Vegas is embroiled in a wider scandal that allegedly saw a network of illegal bookmakers launder their ill-gotten gains through the property.

When Boyajian got the money transfers from Mizuhara to cover his losses, he would wire the money to his marker accounts with the Pechanga Resort Casino in California and Resorts World Las Vegas. Boyajian and Bowyer would exchange the money for chips, cashing out any of the resulting gambling winnings to launder the proceeds.

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