Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Announce Their Engagement on “The View”
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Announce Their Engagement on “...
Miley Cyrus Hospitalized after ‘Severe’ Reaction to Antibiotics
Miley Cyrus Hospitalized after ‘Severe’ Reaction to Antibi...
‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Star Mimi Faust Sex Tape
‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Star Mimi Faust Sex Tape
How Conan O’Brien Got 50 Cameos for MTV Movie Awards Opening
How Conan O’Brien Got 50 Cameos for MTV Movie Awards Opening
Job Listings

U.S. Sues Armstrong over Sponsor Money

On Friday, federal government authorities sued cyclist Lance Armstrong on the grounds that he had defrauded the U.S. Postal Service by accepting sponsor money while he was taking drugs and medication in violation of rules of the sport for which he was sponsored. However, Armstrong thinks the claims are time-barred.

 

Armstrong, who has already been banned for life from cycling and has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, is now in for another bitter episode in the courts.

 

Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for Washington DC said the civil suit “is designed to help the Postal Service recoup the tens of millions of dollars it paid out to the Tailwind cycling team based on years of broken promises.” According to government records, Armstrong and his team had received more than $30 million in sponsorship money from the government over the years.



Get JD Journal in Your Mail
Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!


 

Prosecutors haven’t given any indication of pressing criminal charges, and Armstrong’s lawyer said, “The Postal Service’s own studies show that the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship – benefits totaling more than $100 million.”

 

A sealed whistleblower lawsuit had been brought against Armstrong in 2010, by his teammate Floyd Landis, and the government decided to join the lawsuit, leading to the seat being unsealed. On Friday, Landis’s lawyer released a statement from Landis in which he said, “I had come to a point in my life where I decided that I had to tell the truth for the sake of my conscience.”

 

Landis also admitted to cheating, and Armstrong is currently facing other lawsuits that have followed that admission. Two men from California sued Armstrong and his book publisher in January claiming that Armstrong’s book did not merit classification as non-fiction, when it was filled with lies, and deceived consumers.

Did you like this? Share it:
U.S. Sues Armstrong over Sponsor Money by

Tagged: , ,

Posted by on February 23, 2013. Filed under Celebrity News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.