Lance Armstrong settles for $5 million in USPS fraud case.
Lance Armstrong has settled his US Postal Service fraud case for $5 million. Lance Armstrong is a cyclist who denied using drugs to enhance his performance for years. He finally admitted to using banned drugs in 2013. The lawsuit filed against Armstrong claimed he owed $100 million to taxpayers. This money was said to be owed to taxpayers because Armstrong was sponsored by the US Postal Service.
Prior to admitting to his drug use, Armstrong was a highly celebrated athlete all around the world. In the 1990’s, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He survived the cancer and went on to win several cycling competitions. One of these competitions was the famous Tour de France. He was the fastest competitor for seven years at Tour de France. As a great athlete and cancer survivor many people looked to Armstrong as a source of inspiration.
In 2012, the world renowned athlete was stripped of his cycling medals. This came as a result of a report from the US Anti-Doping Agency. The report said that Armstrong’s cycling team “ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” His cycling team was sponsored by the US Postal Service. The report also included testimonies from 11 of Armstong’s teammates. All evidence pointed to him as the ringleader of the doping scandal.
Armstrong had been accused of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) multiple times during his career. He denied these allegations every time. He finally admitted his drug use after the report from the US Anti-Doping Agency was released. Armstrong opened up about his PED usage on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2013.
Armstrong’s career has been tarnished and was called a “doper, dealer, and liar” in court hearings. In the words of Chad A. Readler, “A competitor who intentionally uses illegal (performance enhancing drugs) not only deceives fellow competitors and fans, but also sponsors, who help make sporting competitions possible.” Readler was the assistant attorney general.
In addition to repaying the US Postal Service $5 million he will also have to repay his former teammate Floyd Landis $1.65 million. Landis was the “whistle blower” in the case according to the Washington Post.