Armstrong's confession on Oprah could end up costing him close to $100 million (©GettyImages)
Armstrong's confession on Oprah could end up costing him close to $100 million (©GettyImages).

Lance Armstrong to be sued for $96m by US government

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Lance Armstrong's fall from grace continues as federal prosecutors seek more than $96 million from the disgraced cyclist.

This is clear from documents attached to motions filed by Armstrong's lawyers in Washington federal court this week, according to the New York Daily News.

Documents filed in the False Claims Act whistle-blower lawsuit initially filed by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis four years ago, reveal that the Texan will testify under oath at a deposition scheduled to take place in Austin on June 23.

After the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published a scorching report in which they accused Armstrong of being the leader of the most successful and sophisticated doping programme in sporting history, the American government joined Landis' lawsuit in 2013.

The government had been much criticised for giving up on their own criminal investigation into Armstrong.

The prosecutors claim the government lost more than $32 million because of the extensive doping by Armstrong and his teammates on U.S. Postal, who were the team's sponsor for a number of years. The Texan could now be on the wrong end of a $96 million reimbursement as the False Claims Act allows for the government to seek treble damages.

U.S. Postal invested more than $40 million into Armstrong's “Tailwind” team for six years between 1998 and 2004 but a cutoff means the government can not seek damages further back than 10 June, 2000.

Armstrong's attorneys asked a judge to cancel the cyclist's depositions and the depositions planned for a number of other witnesses in the case.

The attorneys argue they have not yet received all the requested evidence from the prosecutors and that it is therefore inappropriate to depose Armstrong and others.

Cycling coach Chris Carmichael, publicist Mark Higgins and Armstrong's friends John Korioth and Stephanie McIlvain are also scheduled for giving depositions by the prosecutors.

Others on the witness list include ex-girlfriend Sheryl Crow, ex-wife Kirstin Armstrong, former teammates Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton and Landis.

Longtime manger Bill Stapleton, businessman and former Tailwind owner Thomas Wiesel and former Union Cycliste Internationale presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid are also on the list.

Armstrong, who was banned from the sport for life and who's seven Tour de France wins were taken off him after the USADA report was published in October 2012, is also currently fighting other legal challenges.

SCA Promotions, an insurance company that Armstrong millions of dollars in prise money after the cyclist's 2002, 2003 and 2004 wins, have brought a case and the cyclist is arranged to give evidence on Thursday.

The insurance company is looking for a reimbursement of $12 million after they were forced to pay $7.5 million to settle a case with Armstrong after they refused to pay a $5 million bonus because of suspicion of doping.

When Armstrong confessed his doping history in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, SCA Promotions went back after the money and the case will go to arbitration on 30 June.

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