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Brazilian Officials Fine Ryan Lochte $20K For False Robbery, But Will He Pay?

It seems he has other plans...

A lot has happened in the world of global politics since Ryan Lochte was discovered to have lied about a robbery during the Rio Olympics. Now, Lochte could have all charges against him from the incident dismissed if he pays a fine of $20,000, a deal offered to him by Rio officials.

Lochte faces charges for filing a false police report. If found guilty he could face up to six months in prison — but since the crimes were not considered "serious" Brazillian authorities are unlikely to pursue extradition. However, because the charges were incurred in another country, "Brazilian authorities could make it almost impossible for Lochte to leave the US by placing a red 'wanted' alert on his passport through Interpol, meaning that he would be arrested if he entered a country which has a treaty with Brazil which would allow extradition for false statement allegations."

Lochte's lawyers refused to elaborate on the situation: "We don't comment on a pending case but are hopeful it will be resolved to the benefit of all parties, including the people of Brazil, the Brazilian government and Ryan," they told TMZ.

TMZ also suggests that Lochte "has not accepted the deal." With that in mind, it is unclear what his next action will be.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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