Washington (CNN) — The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars which the U.S. Postal Service had spent to sponsor the cycling team.
“The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004,” the court document says.
The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total to more than 100 million dollars in damages.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charges that the use of prohibited drugs constitutes a breach of contract with the Postal Service.
The government had signaled it would in all likelihood file such an action. The complaint names Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel the team’s manager, and Tailwind Sports LLC as defendants. Under the law, the Justice Department faced a 60 day deadline to file its case, which runs out tonight.