Reports: Olympic swimmer James Feigen to pay $10,800, leave Brazil


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Reports: Olympic swimmer James Feigen to pay $10,800, leave Brazil

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KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Jimmy Feigen of the United States looks on in the Men's 100m Freestyle heats on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

One of the four U.S. Olympic swimmers embroiled in scandal after an alleged armed robbery in Rio will pay a nearly $11,000 fine to an unnamed charity before leaving Brazil, according to multiple reports.

James Feigen's lawyer told The Associated Press the Olympian will pay about $10,800 and leave Brazil Friday amid allegations he and other teammates made up a story about being robbed while in town for the Olympics. Fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have reportedly told Brazilian police that teammate Ryan Lochte lied about the robbery.

Attorney Breno Melaragno told the AP early Friday that Feigen will donate 35,000 Brazilian reals to an unidentified "institution" as part of a deal struck with a Brazilian judge.

"Melaragno did not specify where the money will go, but the term 'institution' can be taken to mean charity," the wire service reported. "The lawyer said under Brazilian law, a donation can be made to avoid criminal prosecution for minor offenses, but did not say what charge was being contemplated against Feigen."

Melaragno told BBC News the agreement was reached "after a long deliberation" and will mark the end of the case.

"After this donation is done, his passport will be given back to him, and he will be free to return home," he said.

A judge ordered police confiscate Lochte and Feigen's passports as they investigated the alleged crime, which was not reported to police. By that time, Lochte had already left the country, his father said.

Bentz and Conger were pulled off a flight in Rio, questioned and released on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement earlier this week that Feigen, Lochte, Conger and Bentz were headed to Olympic Village early Sunday when their taxi cab was stopped by armed robbers posing as police officers. The statement was released after Lochte told media outlets the group was robbed after the last Olympic swimming event.

"(They) demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings," the statement said. "All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities."

Brazilian authorities have challenged the report, which was not made to police but came under investigation after media accounts surfaced. Police say the men actually vandalized a gas station bathroom while drunk on Sunday before being questioned by armed guards, paying for the damage and leaving.

The official account was backed up surveillance camera footage, BBC News reported.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

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