Lance Armstrong: Justice Department Joins Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Him

Lance Armstrong: Justice Department Adds Federal Weight To Whistleblower Lawsuit

If Lance Armstrong thought his legal troubles would lessen after his dramatic confession to Oprah Winfrey last month, the US Justice Department have just dramatically refuted that notion.

The Justice Department will notify a federal court on Friday that it is joining one of Armstrong’s former racing teammates in a lawsuit that is primarily suing the ex-cycling champion for using performance enhancing drugs during the Tour de France.

The government, who have mulled the decision for three years, have signed on to a lawsuit filed in June 2010 by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong’s former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted to cheating, NBC News reports.

Among the claims included in the suit is an allegation by Landis that he saw Armstrong store then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance. Landis also alleges that Armstrong twice gave him banned hormones before races.

The Department of Justice have joined the civil fraud suit under the False Claims Act.

Their complaint states that because Armstrong and other members of the US Postal Service cycling team used banned drugs and blood transfusions, they defrauded the government by violating its illegal drugs ban and breached the terms of their sponsorship contracts.

In short, the government wants its money back, possibly to the tune of around $100 million, according to USA Today.

Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey in January