US sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money

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The United States has accused cyclist Lance Armstrong of defrauding the US Postal Service. (Reuters) The United States has accused cyclist Lance Armstrong of defrauding the US Postal Service. (Reuters)
SummaryThe United States has accused cyclist Lance Armstrong of defrauding the US Postal Service.

billion worth of settlements and court judgments under the False Claims Act - a single-year record.

"If they intervene, that puts the force of the government behind the suit," said Matthew Orwig, a former Justice Department lawyer now at the Jones Day law firm. He is not involved in the Armstrong case.

"There's the FBI, other investigative resources, Justice Department lawyers - in effect, the richest client in the world," he said.

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