The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a formal complaint against former champion Lance Armstrong, saying the 41 year old cyclist and team owners defrauded the US Postal Service of sponsorship money.
The government is suing under the False Claims Act and can recoup up to three times the amount it lost as a result of the fraud. The lawsuit also names Armstrong’s former team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency in August and was banned for life from cycling after accusations he had used performance-enhancing drugs after years of denials. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.