Brazilian police have added to Ryan Lochte’s problems after they charged him for falsifying a robbery report at the Olympic Games.
A police statement said the disgraced US swimmer will be informed of the charge in his country so he could decide whether he would be introduce a defense in Brazil, Guardian reports.
Lochte and his fellow teammates Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen originally claimed they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro on 15 August, but police there have since debunked their claim with the help of video footage of the incident.
The footage also suggests that the four actually vandalised the gas station where they claimed they were robbed.
Lochte has since been blasted by the media worldwide and his sponsors have abandoned him, drastically reducing his income.
Now Brazilian police wants to add to his problems by charging him with the crime carrying a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. Lochte could even be tried in absentia if he does not turn up for the hearing, but it is unlikely that the US would extradite him.
Brazil has a long history of not extraditing its citizens facing crimes abroad and the US will likely assume the same stance if the swimmer is found guilty.