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Landis given 18-month suspended sentence in French hacking case

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Oct. 24, 2011

A French court has given Floyd Landis, in his absence, a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison for his alleged 2006 use of hacked material from the Laboratoire National Antidopage (National Antidoping Lab). The prosecutor in the case before the Correctional Tribune of Nanterre also asked for the same suspended sentence for Landis’ former trainer, Arnie Baker.

The court found that the two men knew that the information they used was fraudulent in nature, but the prosecution was unable to establish that Landis and Baker were the origin of the hack.

Landis and Baker stand accused of “fraudulently breaking into a computer system” in a case brought by media company Vivendi.

Landis, now 36, is suspected of illegally obtaining documentation in a bid to contest his positive dope-test results from stage 16 of the 2006 Tour de France.

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