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The government has a potentially strong weapon on its side: An argument could be made that until recent months there was an active, ongoing conspiracy to cover up Armstrong's alleged fraud.
He is one of the most scrutinized athletes of the last twenty years."Lance Armstrong and his cycling team took more than $30 million from the U. Postal Service based on their contractual promise to play fair and abide by the rules including the rules against doping," Ronald Machen Jr., U. attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Armstrong's team said lengthy talks with the government had failed.Still, Mary Anne Gibbons, the agency's general counsel, said in the Justice Department statement that the Postal Service "strongly supports" the department's intervention.Settlement discussions had been under way between the Justice Department and Armstrong's lawyers.But the USPS sponsorship ended long ago and relatively few people reading stories about the current controversy are associating Armstrong with the post office.
Armstrong's last sponsor for his final two Tours de France was Radio Shack, in 20.
As Pelley reported, the Justice Department dropped a criminal investigation of Armstrong a year ago.
The evidence against him now first came out in secret testimony in that criminal case. anti-doping agency, Travis Tygart, pressed ahead and brought Armstrong down. attorney general asking him to join the civil fraud lawsuit. anti-doping agency said Friday the lawsuit "holds promise for returning the many millions of federal dollars in ill-gotten gains generated by this fraud." Under the False Claims Act, citizens can act as whistleblowers and sue to recover money they believe was obtained through fraud against the federal government.
The studies for the Postal Service state that the agency reaped at least $139 million in worldwide brand exposure in four years $35 million to $40 million for sponsoring the Armstrong team in 2001; $38 million to $42 million in 2002; $31 million in 2003; and $34.6 million in 2004.
Despite those numbers, Armstrong is fighting an uphill battle.
But, in 2011, another teammate, Tyler Hamilton, told "60 Minutes" Armstrong did use banned substances, including the blood doping agent EPO.