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Tamra Judge Expresses Disgust Over Co-star’s Alleged Involvement in MLB Gambling Scandal

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Tamra Judge, a prominent cast member of “Real Housewives of Orange County” (RHOC), has publicly condemned her co-star Ryan Boyajian amid allegations of his involvement in a million-dollar gambling scandal connected to Major League Baseball (MLB). The scandal, which has sent shockwaves through the reality TV and sports worlds, involves Boyajian’s alleged participation in a theft scheme alongside Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara.

Tamra Judge did not hold back her feelings during the latest episode of her iHeartRadio podcast, “Two T’s in a Pod.” Addressing the gravity of the situation, she said, “I didn’t sign up for ‘Mob Wives.’ I signed up for ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County.’ This is dark. This is heavy. This is disgusting.” Her comments underscore the stark contrast between the expected drama of reality TV and the real-world criminal activities alleged in this case.

The controversy surrounding Boyajian, 46, who is engaged to fellow RHOC cast member Jennifer Pedranti, came to light earlier this month. On May 8, ESPN reported that Boyajian received a wire transfer from Mizuhara, 39, to settle gambling debts. The scandal took a dramatic turn when Mizuhara agreed to confess to stealing approximately $17 million from Ohtani’s bank account, pleading guilty to two federal charges. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mizuhara could face over 30 years in prison under the plea deal.


The details of the case are particularly troubling. The U.S. Attorney’s office explained that Mizuhara regularly accessed Ohtani’s bank account without permission, initiating wire transfers to pay off his gambling debts. One notable instance occurred on June 20, 2023, when Mizuhara transferred $500,000 to one of the bookmaker’s associates from Ohtani’s account. This misuse of funds highlights the extent of the betrayal and the complex web of financial transactions involved.

Despite the serious nature of the allegations, Boyajian’s criminal attorney, Steven Katzman, indicated that Boyajian is cooperating with federal authorities. Katzman stated, “Because there is an active investigation and Ryan is working with the authorities, he can’t confirm or deny what is going on. He is not a bookmaker or a sub-bookie.” Sources suggest that Boyajian may have received immunity in exchange for his cooperation, though this has not been officially confirmed.


The illegal bookmaker, identified by ESPN as Mathew Bowyer, reportedly collaborated with Boyajian and Mizuhara to manage the illicit funds. They allegedly used casino “marker” accounts to deposit the stolen money, withdraw chips, gamble, and cash out any winnings, a scheme that illustrates the complex and covert nature of their operations.

Boyajian’s involvement in the RHOC cast began with his debut in Season 17. The unfolding scandal has cast a shadow over his reality TV career and raised significant ethical and legal questions. As the investigation continues, the impact on the RHOC community and the broader reality TV landscape remains to be seen.

Tamra Judge’s strong reaction reflects a broader sentiment of disappointment and disapproval among fans and cast members alike. The juxtaposition of glamorous reality TV lives with serious criminal allegations has created a narrative that goes beyond typical reality show drama, emphasizing real-world consequences and the importance of accountability.


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