By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
Close X

Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

Fast-paced look at the day's essential news and buzz-worthy stories

Feds: We want our money back, Lance

  • The cyclist is accused of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service
  • The Department of Justice announced it has joined the whistle-blower lawsuit
Feds: We want our money back, Lance

Lance Armstrong's legal woes just became a little bigger. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it has joined the whistle-blower lawsuit against the disgraced athlete.

The civil lawsuit, initially filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, alleges that Armstrong and former team managers defrauded the U.S. Postal Service through their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong confessed to using steroids in a two part interview with Oprah last month. Now, the federal government wants to get back the millions of dollars the USPS paid to sponsor Armstrong’s cycling team from 1996 to 2004.

Armstrong's lawyer Robert Luskin says the once-legendary athlete has worked to resolve the issue with the feds, but couldn't come to an agreement over the USPS damages. Luskin explains, "The Postal Service's own studies show that the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship -- benefits totaling more than $100 million." However, the feds say with the current economic climate, they’re in no position to let anyone walk away with such a large sum of money illegally.

Read more: Feds join whistle-blower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

Join the conversation... welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.