Feds Join Whistle-Blower Suit Against Lance Armstrong

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 22 2013 1:15 PM

Feds Join Whistle-Blower Suit Against Lance Armstrong

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A stencil graffiti depicting cyclist Lance Armstrong in a yellow jersey, the traditional garb of the seven-time Tour De France winner, attached to an IV drip is pictured on the side of a building on January 23, 2013 in Los Angeles

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The Justice Department still hasn't decided whether it will pursue criminal charges against Lance Armstrong after his awkward, incomplete doping confession on national television last month. The feds will, however, join a civil suit against the man formerly known as a seven-time Tour de France winner. NBC News with the details:

The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance enhancing drugs during the Tour de France. ... Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones before races.
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The civil whistle-blower lawsuit was originally filed by Lance's former teammate (and fellow doper) Floyd Landis. The argument behind the suit is that Armstrong defrauded the federal government because he was earning a paycheck from the U.S. Postal Service (his team's sponsor), all the while violating the team's—and his sport's—ban on performance-enhancing drugs.

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