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Justice Department: Lance Armstrong Was 'Unjustly Enriched'

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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.

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