Olympic Swimmer James Feigen to Pay Nearly $11,000 to Leave Brazil

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As the investigation into an alleged robbery continues in Rio, Brazil, the last of the four Olympic swimmers that claimed to be held up at gunpoint is returning to the United States.
Gold medalist James Feigen agreed to pay $10,800, which is 35,000 in Brazilian currency, in exchange for his seized passport, his lawyer, Breno Melaragno, confirmed (via CBS News).
The 26-year-old athlete's passport was originally seized on Wednesday after a Brazilian judge ordered that Feigen and his teammate, Ryan Lochte, hand them over. Lochte, however, had already arrived home to the U.S. The men's teammates, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, had their passports released to them on Thursday, and were seen arriving in Miami, Florida, on Friday morning.
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The judge's order came after discrepancies were found in the athlete's testimonies about an alleged robbery that they said occurred early Sunday morning. According to CBS News, Brazilian police claim the swimmers had not, in fact, been held up at gunpoint but instead had vandalized a gas station bathroom while intoxicated, and paid the damages after being questioned by armed guards.
“No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,” Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso said during a conference on Thursday. "Rio residents saw the name of their city sullied by this fantasy version (of events). It would be noble and worthy of them to apologize.”
Lochte spoke to the Today show twice, and had different accounts of how the alleged robbery went down in each conversation. He initially said that the guys' taxi had been pulled over by men posing as police officers. However, when he spoke on the phone to Matt Lauer, he said they'd stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom when the alleged crime occurred.
Police have said they are considering charging Lochte and Feigen with falsely reporting a crime and destruction of property, which can carry up to a six-month jail sentence or a fine. Meanwhile, Lochte and his attorney have insisted that the swimmer's story was not fabricated.
The U.S. Olympic Committee did issue an apology amid the scandal, saying in a statement: "We apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence."