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In perhaps the largest American Olympic scandal since Tonya Harding, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte concocted a story about how he and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint during a late-night taxi ride. Soon, video emerged showing the quartet returning to the Olympic Village, still in possession of their watches and cell phones, and appearing relaxed and jovial—not at all like four people who'd just been victims of an armed robbery. An inquest by police led to even more surveillance video, this time from a gas station in Rio, showing the group drunkenly vandalizing the convenience store, then being detained by security guards and ordered to pay for the damage. The police investigation intensified and officials removed two of the swimmers from their plane back to the United States, confiscating their passports until they could be questioned. Finally it emerged that Lochte's entire story was a fabrication, and the surveillance video told the true story. He now faces charges of filing a false police report in Brazil, which can carry a sentence of up to 18 months.

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