US Dept. of Homeland Security, IRS probing Ohtani's ex-interpreter, ESPN says

US sports channel ESPN says the Department of Homeland Security and tax authorities are jointly investigating Mizuhara Ippei, the former interpreter for Major League Baseball star Ohtani Shohei.

Mizuhara was dismissed by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week following allegations he was involved in illegal gambling.

US media had reported that about 4.5 million dollars was transferred from Ohtani's bank account to an alleged illegal bookmaker. Ohtani has said Mizuhara accessed his account and wired the money to the bookmaker without his permission.

ESPN reports that the department confirmed on Tuesday that Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles is working with the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Mizuhara.

The IRS is also investigating Mizuhara and bookmaker Mathew Bowyer. ESPN says HSI is conducting a joint federal probe with IRS Criminal Investigation Los Angeles Field Office.

ESPN says the agency did not provide further details on the ongoing investigation or if it had been contacted by Ohtani's representatives.