Rio police claimed that four Olympic swimmers lied about being robbed.
Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigenwere claimed that on Sunday morning, they were robbed at gunpoint.
Reports began to surface after Lochte texted his mother about the incident and she leaked it to the media.
Lochte and International Olympic Committee officials initially denied the reports, but eventually Lochte confirmed that the four swimmers had been robbed on the way home from France House.
The scandal compounded the issues surrounding the 2016 Rio Summer games, which included health issues as well as security issues.
Before the games began, Brazil was being hailed as infamous for unsafe streets and civil strife that would attract an unwanted element to the highly concentrated area of world class athletes.
“It seems that they lied,” said Rio chief of civil police, Fernando Veloso, on Thursday. “No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed.”
According to Veloso, the four American swimmers made up the story in order to cover up for having gotten drunk and vandalizing a public bathroom at a gas station.
Veloso refuted the claims of the American swimmers, Lochte being the most outspoken of them, which included armed gunmen putting guns to the foreheads of the men.
Veloso and Rio police found that the swimmers had broken down a bathroom door and a mirror in the bathroom.
Security officers then confronted the swimmers, who offered to bribe the guards. When the American swimmers became boisterous, one security guard showed his gun.