US gov’t sues Armstrong over Post Office money

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US Department of Justice is reportedly suing former cycling champion Lance Armstrong for $100 million for sponsorship money provided by the US Postal Service. Ed. note: the DOJ web site is experiencing difficulties.

The DOJ said Wednesday 24 April that the post office spent $40 million sponsoring the man who won 7 Tour de France titles before he was stripped of them last year. The government is suing for triple that amount to recover the money and damages.

The government said in February it was joining an existing lawsuit against Armstrong for fraud, citing Armstrong’s coverup of doping, to which he later admitted; the lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by Armstrong’s onetime teammate Floyd Landis.