From 1999 to 2005, cycling and sports enthusiasts around the world marveled at the physical abilities of the seemingly unbeatable Lance Armstrong. During these seven years, Armstrong and his cycling team dominated the sport and earned millions of dollars in prize money and endorsement deals. However, during the early 2000s, serious accusations and questions were raised about whether Armstrong and members of his "U.S. Postal Team used performance enhancing drugs during the 2000 Tour de France."
An initial 21-month investigation into the matter revealed no wrongdoing However, subsequent accusations and investigations eventually lead to Armstrong admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his years in competitive cycling.
A former U.S. Postal Service teammate of Armstrong's, Floyd Landis, was the first to file a whistle blower lawsuit against Armstrong alleging he used a variety of banned substances during the 2000 Tour de France. After Armstrong's 2013 admission, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the lawsuit.
The case has been in the courts for more than two years. While Armstrong admits to using performance-enhancing drugs at different points throughout his cycling career, he continues to deny charges made by a former team member and his wife that he admitted to doctors of using such drugs while a member of the team sponsored by the federal government. In response, the government is seeking to have Armstrong's medical records turned over for review.
One of the most potentially damning pieces of evidence that Armstrong may have committed fraud during his 2000 race is that a substantial donation was made to Indiana University School of Medicine by Armstrong's foundation a mere two days after doctors there swore under oath that Armstrong did not admit to them that he used the drugs.
We'll continue to provide updates on the qui tam case against Armstrong as the case continues to move through the courts.
Source: Cycling Tips, "Armstrong Qui Tam case: subpoena seeks to determine truth about alleged hospital confession," Shane Stokes, Aug. 6, 2015
CNN.com, "Lance Armstrong Fast Facts," Sept. 14, 2015