Dennis Rodman may have violated U.S. sanctions against North Korea

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Did Rodman Violate U.S. Sanctions During N. Korea Trip?

Dennis Rodman could be in some legal trouble after his highly-publicized trip to North Korea earlier this month.

The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating whether Rodman violated U.S. sanctions against the reclusive country during his latest trip - reportedly spending more than $10,000 on gifts for Kim Jong Un's birthday.

As first reported by The Daily Beast, the list of gifts reportedly included: "hundreds of dollars worth of Irish Jameson whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag for Kim's wife."

The problem is, current U.S. sanctions ban the import of luxury goods to North Korea, and there's a chance Rodman's pricey gifts might have violated those sanctions.

The news follows a string of negative reports about "The Worm" since his visit to North Korea with several other former NBA players earlier this month.

The Daily Beast reports if Rodman were to get the harshest punishment possible, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) is surrounded by the media as he arrives at Beijing International Airport from North Korea on January 13, 2014. Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang after a seven-day trip where he sang 'Happy birthday to you!' to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on January 8. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman is followed by journalists as he arrives at the Capital International Airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. A squad of former basketball stars led by Rodman had a friendly game with North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
A large crowd of journalists follow former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman as he arrives at the Capital International Airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. A squad of former basketball stars led by Rodman had a friendly game with North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang last week. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) arrives at Beijing International Airport from North Korea on January 13, 2014. An emotional Dennis Rodman appeared to break down on January 13 as he apologised on his return from a controversial trip to North Korea, where he sang 'Happy Birthday' to regime leader Kim Jong-Un. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, second right, walks with North Korea's Sports Ministry Vice Minister Son Kwang Ho, third right, upon his arrival at the international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Rodman took a team of former NBA players on a trip for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un's birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman coaches as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman huddles with North Korean basketball players and fellow former NBA stars at a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman watches court side as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman, center, meets with former North Korean basketball player Ri Myung Hun at a practice session with USA and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Clockwise from bottom left are Charles D. Smith, unidentified, Cliff Robinson, Rodman, Doug Christie, Vin Baker, and unidentified. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Dennis Rodman stands up to leave after he and fellow US basketball players completed a television interview at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. From left to right are Cliff Robinson, Jerry Dupree, Charles D. Smith, unidentified, Vin Baker, Andre "Silk" Poole and Doug Christie. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Dennis Rodman, center, and his entourage arrive at his hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea after a morning practice session on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Dennis Rodman waves to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, after singing Happy Birthday to Kim before an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman tips his hat as U.S. and North Korean basketball players applaud at the end of an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Behind him at right is former NBA player Vin Baker. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
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