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Lance Armstrong Investigated for Cheating, Drugs, Fraud

In a previous post, we discussed the current investigation into whether Lance Armstrong cheated during his illustrious professional cycling career through doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong is being looked at by Federal Drug and Food Administration detective Jeff Novitzky, a man known to be thorough and uncompromising in his investigative approach. 

Novitzky will also be looking into fraud allegations leveled against Armstrong and the entire former U.S. Postal Service team by Floyd Landis. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after he tested positive for drug use. Landis fought the allegations and the resulting conviction for over a year, even swearing in court proceedings that he hadn't cheated. Recently, he finally admitted guilt, and at the same time sent letters to sport officials, accusing others in the sport of also cheating, including Armstrong.
The fraud investigation comes from Landis' accusation that Armstrong and the U.S. Postal team sold bicycles given to them by their sponsor to fund their doping program. If it is shown that team members used U.S. Postal Service money to fund illegal activities, it could lead to fraud charges. 

Armstrong has never failed a drug test and seems confident in his public assessment of Landis as a proven liar. He has, however, hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him during Novitzsky's investigation, as the man has been known to be an aggressive investigator.

 

Sources:

Lance Armstrong hires criminal defense attorney (Los Angeles Times)

Lance Armstrong: Has Drug Probe Gone Too Far? (TIME)

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