DOJ Officials Recommend Joining FCA Suit Against Lance Armstrong

A January 13, 2013 Wall Street Journal article detailed a recent development in the federal whistleblower lawsuit aimed at recouping $30.6 million in U.S. Postal Service sponsorship money paid to professional cyclist Lance Armstrong’s team from 2001 to 2004.  The U.S. Department of Justice first considering joining the suit since 2010 when it was filed by Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis.

The suit alleges that Lance Armstrong and his team’s managers defrauded the federal government by accepting sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service.  The sponsorship contract with the U.S. Postal Service required the team to refrain from using performance enhancing drugs, an infraction to which Armstrong recently admitted.  The DOJ has until January 17, 2013 to decide whether to intervene.

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