Gov't Sues Armstrong for USPS Money
Department of Justice actually wants 3x the sponsorship funds
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 6:02 AM CDT
In this Sept. 22, 2010 file photo, Lance Armstrong, cyclist and Livestrong founder, attends the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)

(Newser) – All that money the US Postal Service spent to sponsor Lance Armstrong's cycling team? The Justice Department wants it back, and more. It filed a lawsuit against the cyclist and his company last night, just as its deadline to do so was about to expire. Armstrong's doping was, the lawsuit claims, a breach of contract with the USPS, and by lying about it to the USPS, he defrauded the agency and was "unjustly enriched." From 1998 to 2004, the USPS sponsored the team to the tune of about $40 million—and the government is seeking triple damages under the False Claims Act. CNN reports that could translate into a $100 million payout, should the government be able to prove it was both defrauded and damaged.

The government's lawsuit is part of a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, which the government had previously promised to join, the AP reports. The response from Armstrong's lawyer: "The US Postal Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship of the cycling team. Its own studies repeatedly and conclusively prove this. The USPS was never the victim of fraud. Lance Armstrong rode his heart out for the USPS team, and gave the brand tremendous exposure during the sponsorship years."

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InferiorToYou
Apr 28, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
The check is in the mail.
JT119
Apr 25, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
I wish people were more on romney and his taxes than messing with this guy
Fatquah
Apr 24, 2013 10:06 PM CDT
I want to sue him too! For being deceived into watching the Tour de France. Pay me you Doped Up BASTARD!