I understand they vandalized the bathroom door, but reports say they paid the owner cash, and the owner declined to press charges.

The swimmers also (according to the news) did not report the crime to police.

Yes, it’s a very shitty thing to lie to you mom about getting robbed, and then go on to allow that lie to spread throughout the media, but did they break a law in doing so? I’m not familiar with local laws there, and I get that Rio’s feelings are hurt about the negative publicity, but I feel like in the U.S. you would have to do more than conjure up a big lie to be detained by authorities and have your passport confiscated.