2 U.S. Swimmers Leaving Rio After Being Questioned About Ryan Lochte's Disputed Robbery Claim

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08/18/2016 AT 10:10 PM EDT

Two of the U.S. Olympic swimmers who were with Ryan Lochte earlier this week when he claimed they were robbed are now heading home, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have been cleared for travel, PEOPLE confirms, and they have checked in for a flight out of Brazil.

The pair were pulled off a flight earlier this week and questioned by police in connection with Lochte’s controversial claim that the three, along with teammate James Feigen, were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday during the Rio Olympic Games.

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From left: Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger

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That claim came under scrutiny from police, and authorities later alleged that the reported robbery was a lie to cover up alleged vandalism at a gas station.

“They need to apologize not to the police but to the city of Rio that had its name tainted by a very untruthful story,” Rio’s Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said at a Thursday news conference.

Neither Bentz nor Conger has been charged in connection with the investigation, but police have recommended charges against Feigen and Lochte, of falsely reporting a crime, because both gave police interviews about the incident.

Lochte is already back in the U.S., having left before authorities said they were seeking him for more questioning, but Feigen remains in Brazil, as authorities confiscated his passport.

Lochte has stuck by his story, with some minor changes.

His attorney, Jeff Ostrow, declined to comment to PEOPLE following news of the recommended charges. But he told ABC News in a statement that “a gun was pointed at the swimmers and they were forced to get out of their cab and give up their money.

“No matter what happened at that gas station, the swimmers were robbed by people with a gun appearing to be law enforcement. No matter what country you are in that is robbery and robbery is a serious crime.”

• Reporting by STEVE HELLING

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