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Ryan Lochte I'm A Professional Thief Magnet

8/28/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-ryan-lochte-robbery-fun-art-GETTY-01Rio's the least of Ryan Lochte's legal issues because he says he's also fallen victim to a bunch of crooks right here in the U.S.A. -- chronically, in fact, and it's cost him more than $100k.

TMZ has learned Lochte told cops his car was broken into in a Charlotte parking lot back in January. Law enforcement tells us Ryan said the thieves jacked his iPod, swimsuit, swimcap, goggles and a Team USA backpack. Total loss ... $1,000. Ryan also admitted he left his car unlocked.

Lochte's luck was even worse when he lived in Gainesville, FL -- check out all the police reports for alleged stolen goods: 

May 2009: Ryan's Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle. $8k lost.

Dec 2009: Home burglary of Louis Vuitton bags, watches (Rolex, Jacob & Co., Breitling), jewelry, TVs and other electronics. Cops say the house was unlocked. $123k lost. 

July 2010: ANOTHER motorcycle lifted from his house. $14k lost.

- March 2011: Cops bust 2 guys attempting to steal wheels off his Chevy Tahoe.

According to law enforcement -- except for the tires -- none of the items were ever recovered.

If not for bad luck, he'd have none.

Ryan Lochte Case Rio Cops Deserve Praise for Exposing 'Farce' ... Say Rio Cops

8/26/2016 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Authorities in Rio really showed Ryan Lochte and his teammates who's the boss -- just ask Rio authorities, who are patting themselves on the back ... hard!

The Court of Justice in Rio believes its handling of Lochte-gate brought "international prestige" to its city and required "courageous action." We know this because the court actually fired off a statement to the media saying so.

Rio police similarly shouted out the efforts of Rio police ... saying they uncovered the "farce" of the Team USA swimmers' story. 

The praise and adulation came 24 hours after Lochte was charged for lying to police -- a non-extraditable offense that Lochte has no intention of returning to Brazil to face.

But word among Rio's finest is ... they nailed it.

'Making a Murderer' Cops Planted My Blood ... Now There's a Test to Prove It!

8/26/2016 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-steven-avery-apSteven Avery is renewing his fight to get outta prison and believes there's better technology to prove the cops railroaded him while investigating Teresa Halbach's murder. 

Avery -- who is serving a life sentence without parole -- wants the state of Wisconsin to do radiocarbon testing to show the age of his blood that was found at the Halbach crime scene in 2005.

As he claimed in "Making a Murderer" ... Avery believes cops planted blood they'd previously drawn from him years earlier, during his rape conviction. Avery's hope is the new testing will back that up.

If successful, this would be the second time DNA testing got Avery off the hook -- his 1985 rape conviction was eventually overturned.   

Urban Meyer's Brother-In-Law Charged with Kidnapping, Rape

8/26/2016 11:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-urban-meyer-gettyThe brother-in-law of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been charged with rape, kidnapping and more ... stemming from a January incident, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The suspect is former Chillicothe police officer Brandon Mather -- who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the back of a police cruiser while he was off duty. 

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Officials say ... Mather had been drinking at a pub on January 17th when a woman came running from a nearby hotel claiming she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. 

While two on-duty cops investigated, an intoxicated Mather somehow ended up in a police cruiser with the alleged victim -- where she claims he put his hands down her pants. 

Officials say the woman claims Mather then drove her to the home of one of his friends -- where he and another man allegedly tried to rape her. 

The woman says she texted her ex-husband for help while inside the home -- and he called the cops. 

The woman says she recorded audio of Mather saying, "I just want her pants off."

Mather has since resigned from the police department -- and has been charged with 1 count of rape, 1 count of kidnapping, 2 counts of abduction and 2 counts of gross sexual imposition. 

We spoke with Urban's wife, Shelley Meyer, who said -- "I'm not close to the situation. Quite frankly, I'm keeping my distance and I have been for some time."

Ryan Lochte Hit with Criminal Charge in Rio ... Could Face Jail Time

8/25/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Ryan Lochte has just been formally charged in Brazil with filing a false police report stemming from the August 14th gas station incident ... and faces jail time if convicted. 

Brazilian officials have already summoned the swimmer to Rio for a hearing on the incident -- but sources close to Lochte say there's no way in hell he'll go. 

The charge is not an extraditable offense ... meaning he can't be forced to Brazil by American courts. 

If convicted of filing a false police report, Lochte could face up to 6 months in jail. The likelihood is ... Lochte's lawyers will negotiate a fine similar to the one Jimmy Feigen paid -- $11k -- to charity, and the case will go away.

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Leslie Jones Homeland Security Hunting Down Hacker

8/25/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-leslie-jones-tmzLeslie Jones' hacking situation is so bad the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has their top cyber-crimes unit on the case ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ reported ... the FBI was accessing the case Wednesday after hackers posted nude pics of the 'SNL' star on her website, along with her passport, driver's license and other sensitive info.

We've learned the case is now with Homeland Security for 2 reasons -- it has one of  the most sophisticated cyber-crime unit in the country, and Leslie has history with the Dept. 

One source tells TMZ Leslie had some sort of problem with catfishing in the past, and Homeland Security investigated the case. There's some evidence a group from Japan may have been the culprit in the current case.

Leslie has remained silent since her website was hacked Wednesday. 

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Leslie Jones FBI On the Case

8/25/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824-leslie-jones-tmz-02The FBI is now on the hunt for the hackers who violated SNL's Leslie Jones ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the FBI is developing a strategy for tracking down the person or people who hacked into her iCloud and cell phone and posted nude photos and personal information on her website.

It's unclear whether agents from the West Coast or East Coast will launch the investigation ... Leslie lives in both New York and L.A.

From what we can gather, this is exclusively an FBI investigation ... we've checked with both the NYPD and the LAPD and they don't have the case.

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Ryan Lochte Phelps Got 6-Month Suspension ... And He Could Have Killed Someone

8/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0819-four-us-swimmers-ryan-lochte-rio-gunnar-bentz-jack-conger-jimmy-feigen-GETTY-02Ryan Lochte is going to get punished by the USOC ... but sources connected with the 4 swimmers don't think it's fair for the organization to annihilate them to appease those who are out for blood.

Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, tells TMZ he has faith in the USOC and that the organization will punish Lochte in a manner that matches his conduct during the drunken Brazilian escapade. Ostrow would not say more.

Michael Phelps' punishment for his 2 DUIs is unquestionably relevant. The reality is ... but for the grace of God, Phelps could have killed an innocent person while driving drunk. After his second DUI in 2014, the USOC imposed a 6-month suspension.

The org. did not strip Phelps of his medals or keep him from competing in the 2016 Olympics.

As for Lochte and crew, they were drunk as well, but none got behind the wheel. Our sources say worst-case scenario ... Lochte damaged a sign outside a gas station bathroom and peed on the grass.

As for the "lies" -- our sources are adamant ... he and the other swimmers were taken out of a cab at gunpoint and ordered to turn over hundreds of dollars ... classic robbery. The sources acknowledge the swimmers were deceptive by implying they were pulled over in a moving cab.

Bottom line ... sources connected with the 4 swimmers say a 6-month suspension would be harsh given Phelps' punishment, but could still be justified. Anything more, they say, is just vengeance to appease the media and the public.

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Ryan Lochte $400 for Cracked Sandwich Sign ... Highway Robbery?

8/18/2016 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ryan Lochte and his crew paid around $400 to the Rio gas station owner for a sandwich sign they cracked during their drunken escapade, and the amount of cash may actually help the boys.

Our guy in Rio got a pic of the damage, and all you see is a slight crack on the plastic cover of a sign on the wall outside the bathroom. Although cops talked about a mirror that was broken in the bathroom, we saw no evidence of this and someone who works there said the sign was the only thing damaged.

Lochte claims he and the other swimmers offered around $50 for the damage but the station wanted more. Our Lochte sources tell us he paid around $400.

Our sources say by extracting exponentially more than the damage warranted, with the help of a gun, that constituted robbery and therefore the police report was not false.

As we reported, cops have recommended that Lochte and fellow swimmer, James Feigen, be prosecuted for filing a false police report.

Kris Jenner Bombarded with Obscene Texts ... Alleged Stalker Busted

8/18/2016 6:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818_kris_jenner_fbi_tmzKris Jenner was terrorized by a woman who hacked her iCloud and social media accounts, impersonated her and flooded her with explicit messages ... according to the feds.

Prosecutors slapped the woman with a 15-count indictment for harassing Kris, several of her family members and 2 assistants in 2014. According to docs, the suspect sent hundreds of emails and texts, many of which were sexual and disturbing. They include:

- "Can I eat you out. Oh you can't block me forever love."
- "I'm gonna duck you right in the p**** hole you are mine and u am in love"
- "Instagram me. Make me famous."

According to docs, she claimed to have a sex tape of Kris and even impersonated the Kardashian matriarch during a phone call to cops ... saying one of her family members was committing suicide.

The woman also sent Caitlyn Jenner texts like, "Kris hates blacks and we made it to TMZ bye Bruce."

The FBI nabbed the woman Thursday morning in Oakland. The indictment includes multiple counts of cyberstalking and hacking.

Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Cops Recommend Indictment for Crime in Rio

8/18/2016 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:34 PM PT -- ABC News appears to have backed off the indictment story and now says federal cops are "recommending" indictment.

update_grey_gray_barRyan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted in Rio for filing a false police report ... this according to ABC News.

Sources connected to the 2 swimmers tell TMZ, they're "not surprised" at the turn of events, but they add Ryan and Jimmy told the truth. They reiterated, as Ryan initially said, the swimmers were in a cab, they were confronted by men who appeared to be police and at that point there is a lapse of 3 minutes on the video.

When the video restarts the swimmers come out with their hands up, Ryan is standing and then goes down. And the sources add armed security took their money.

Jimmy Feigen is still in Rio and could be arrested. Ryan is back in the U.S.

The crime of filing a false police report is punishable by 6 months in jail. We've done some checking and the crime is not listed as an extraditable offense, which means the U.S. cannot force Lochte to go back to Rio for prosecution.

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Ryan Lochte Rio Cops Are Full of It ... Chicks Were NOT with Us

8/18/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cops in Rio are making things personal by claiming Ryan Lochte's teammates rolled over on him, and by dragging random women into the story ... according to sources connected to the swimmer.

Sources in Lochte's camp tell us the police news conference was full of lies -- including the bit about two female witnesses the cops said were hanging with the 4 U.S. swimmers. We're told that's absolutely BS ... and a personal attack designed to make the guys look bad, especially since some of them have girlfriends.

Lochte's camp also says there's no truth to the cops' claim one of the swimmers confessed to lying. We're told Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen all stand united on what went down, including the fact a gun was used to commit the robbery.

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Ryan Lochte My Story Was Mostly True Tape Edited At Critical Point

8/18/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0817-ryan-lochte-tmzRyan Lochte did not lie about the "robbery" incident ... and there are 3 minutes of missing surveillance video that will back up most of his story ... this according to sources directly connected to the swimmer. 

Our sources say Lochte and his team claim they were indeed taken out of a cab at gunpoint, but the video doesn't show that because the gas station edited it out. 

We're told Lochte mistook the uniforms worn by the security guards as police uniforms, and he claims during the missing 3 minutes he and the other swimmers were pulled out of the taxi at gunpoint. 

As for his claim the cab was pulled over en route, one of the sources concedes, "That's a problem."

And our Lochte sources say reports that his 3 teammates admitted the story was a lie are untrue.

In fact ... Jimmy Feigen just spoke with local news in San Antonio, denying a cover-up and affirming he was robbed.

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