Police proved that four American swimmers made a false robbery report in Rio


“No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,” civil police chief Fernando Veloso said during a news conference. Lochte  left Brazil earlier this week. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were stopped. at the airport. They “were heard only as witnesses” according to a lawyer and landed in Miami on Friday morning, a day later. Bentz and Conger told police that they felt Lochte had lied about the situation in media interviews The third swimmer ,James Feigen, said early Friday that the athlete had reached an agreement with a judge in which he planned to donate 35,000 Brazilian reals ($10,800) to an “institution” and leave the country later in the day. Under Brazilian law, a donation can be made to avoid criminal prosecution for minor offenses.

Finished story ? Possibly not yet ! Police have said they are considering charges of falsely reporting a crime and destruction of property, both of which can carry up to six months in jail or a fine.Lochte, a 12-time medalist, won a gold in Rio. The four swimmers could face sanctions from USA Swimming, including fines or suspension.


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