US government chases Bruyneel for payment after Lance Armstrong settlement

Johan Bruyneel with Lance Armstrong on the Champs Elysees in 2002

US Justice attorneys have requested a civil default judgement against Johan Bruyneel and the now-dissolved Tailwind Sports, just three months after Lance Armstrong settled the federal 'whistleblower' lawsuit for $5 million, reported USA Today on Tuesday. The US government filed its court papers on Monday and is seeking $1.2 million from Bruyneel, who managed the US Postal Service team under Tailwind Sports during Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories. "Bruyneel was unjustly enriched by his fraud and is liable to the United States for the payments it made to him," the government stated in the court filings. The government said Bruyneel received nearly $2 million in salary and bonuses over the course of its sponsorship. According to the USA Today report, the government filing said that the US Postal Service "paid 60 per cent of Tailwind's expenses, including the payments to Bruyneel. Accordingly, Bruyneel was unjustly enriched by his fraud ...

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