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January 24th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Report: U.S. investigating Dennis Rodman for $10,000 worth of luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un

(CNN) - The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating whether Dennis Rodman broke the law by lavishing North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un with expensive gifts, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

Rodman reportedly gave the young leader, among other things, Irish whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, even a designer Mulberry handbag for Kim's wife.

It is unclear whether Rodman, or the Irish gambling website Paddy Power that sponsored the trip brought the gifts. Regardless, someone is in trouble.

"Any gifts given to North Korea are clear violations of not only the UN Security Council resolutions, but also U.S. law. They can face up to a $1 million fine, 20 years in prison. If it turns out it was the Irish company, they could be put on a sanctions list, they can have their assets frozen," said The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, who first reported the story.

"We're looking at $10,000 worth of gifts, roughly. The Paddy Power's people dispute that. It doesn't matter, if you bring $1 of gifts that are on the sanctions list, you've committed a crime," said Rogin.

For more of our interview with reporter Josh Rogin, check out the video above.

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