The U.S. Justice Department has turned down offers from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to pay the federal government more than $5 million in restitution and become a federal witness to testify against those who enabled the rampant doping to occur in cycling.
According to a CBS News report, the Justice Department believed both offers were “inadequate.”
The Justice Department has until Thursday to decide whether it will join a whistleblower suit against Armstrong for the alleged fraud he committed against the U.S. Postal Service, which spent $40 million sponsoring his cycling teams, by doping. On Thursday, Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he confesses to having doped throughout his career will air.
Armstrong’s confession could lead to the Justice Department potentially charging him with perjury. Armstrong has testified, under oath, that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.