Justice Department: Lance Armstrong Was 'Unjustly Enriched' - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Justice Department: Lance Armstrong Was 'Unjustly Enriched'

Posted: Updated:

By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

Lance Armstrong violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and "unjustly enriched" himself by cheating to win Tour de France titles, the Justice Department argued in a lawsuit against the cyclist filed on Tuesday.

The government announced in February it would join a federal whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong brought by the troubled athlete's former teammate Floyd Landis. Tuesday marked the deadline to file a formal complaint.

"Riders on the USPS-sponsored team, including Armstrong, knowingly caused material violations of the sponsorship agreements by regularly and systematically employing banned substances and methods to enhance their performance," the complaint says.

"Defendants were unjustly enriched to the extent of the payments and other benefits they received from the USPS, either directly or indirectly," the suit alleges.

An Armstrong attorney called the lawsuit "opportunistic and insincere" and said the Postal Service made money off the cyclist, according to the Associated Press.

From 1998 to 2004 the Postal Service paid about $40 million to sponsor the team for which Armstrong won six of his seven Tour victories. In that same period the USPS paid Armstrong $17 million, according to the filing.

After years of publicly denying using performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong admitted to cheating while riding his way to victory on cycling's biggest stage. 

Also named as defendants were former team Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend's drink with abortion pill

    Doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend's drink with abortion pill

    Friday, December 15 2017 2:22 AM EST2017-12-15 07:22:19 GMT

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A doctor is accused of spiking his girlfriend's drink with an abortion pill.  Brooke Fiske told News 8 WROC in Rochester that she and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years when she learned she was pregnant.  Fiske says he didn't want to have the baby so Imran tried talking her into having an abortion, but it wasn't something she wanted.  According to WROC, Imran had recently moved from New York to 

    More >>

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A doctor is accused of spiking his girlfriend's drink with an abortion pill.  Brooke Fiske told News 8 WROC in Rochester that she and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years when she learned she was pregnant.  Fiske says he didn't want to have the baby so Imran tried talking her into having an abortion, but it wasn't something she wanted.  According to WROC, Imran had recently moved from New York to 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, December 14th

    Mad Minute stories from Thursday, December 14th

    Friday, December 15 2017 2:00 AM EST2017-12-15 07:00:11 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, December 14th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, December 14th.

    More >>
  • Montana man found with 8 lbs of meth in a spare tire tells police he'd been visiting Yogi Bear in Yellowstone

    Montana man found with 8 lbs of meth in a spare tire tells police he'd been visiting Yogi Bear in Yellowstone

    Friday, December 15 2017 12:30 AM EST2017-12-15 05:30:11 GMT
    Stock photoStock photo

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officers say they found 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of meth in a spare tire during a traffic stop in Stillwater County. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the officers said the man driving the vehicle claimed he had been visiting Yogi Bear in Yellowstone National Park before being pulled over. The driver, 31-year-old Manuel Paz Sanchez Jr., was charged with possessing meth with intent to distribute.    Sanchez was ...

    More >>

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officers say they found 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of meth in a spare tire during a traffic stop in Stillwater County. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the officers said the man driving the vehicle claimed he had been visiting Yogi Bear in Yellowstone National Park before being pulled over. The driver, 31-year-old Manuel Paz Sanchez Jr., was charged with possessing meth with intent to distribute.    Sanchez was ...

    More >>