Must Read: Inside the federal whistleblower case against Armstrong

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  • Published Jan. 17, 2013

Inside the federal whistleblower case against Armstrong — New York Daily News

The New York Daily News has obtained and reviewed the sealed federal lawsuit Floyd Landis filed under the False Claims Act, a 33-page document that accuses Lance Armstrong and his associates at Tailwind Sports of defrauding the government out of millions of taxpayer dollars by operating a sophisticated doping program.

The federal lawsuit claims Armstrong’s use of banned and illegal drugs to dominate the Tour de France was in clear violation of the sponsorship agreement between the team and the United States Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong’s teams from 1998 to 2004.

Descriptions in the suit reinforce the seriousness of the allegations facing Armstrong, including a “conflict of interest and overlapping interests” between the owner of Armstrong’s teams, Thomas Weisel, and USA Cycling and the USA Cycling Foundation “that made it possible for the USPS team to carry on an extensive doping program.”

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