Officials try to increase swimmer Feigen's fine

U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen
U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen(WKYT)
Published: Aug. 19, 2016 at 10:51 PM CDT
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Brazilian prosecutors made a last-ditch effort to increase the amount of money that American swimmer James Feigen pays before he leaves the country.

In a statement late Friday, prosecutors said they would appeal a judge's ruling that Feigen pay about $10,800 to a charity and ask that he pay $47,000 instead.

But Feigen was already at the airport.

The fine dispute is largely a moot question. Feigen will be out of Brazil long before a decision on the appeal is made. If prosecutors win, Feigen would have to pay the fine if he ever wanted to return to Brazil.

Earlier this week, a judge had ordered the passport seized while police investigated what swimmer Ryan Lochte had said was an armed robbery.

Police have said that the robbery story was fabricated. Police have said that Lochte, Feigen and two other swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom early Sunday after a night of partying and were confronted by armed guards.