Cyclist Landis Will Repay His Defrauded Donors
Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis appeared in federal court today (Aug. 24) and admitted he had defrauded 1,765 individuals who donated money to the Floyd Fairness Fund. Landis agreed to repay $478,354 of these funds, as he admitted falsely claiming that he had not used performance enhancing drugs during his career as a professional cyclist. In 2006, Landis won the Tour de France.
The victory was vacated after he was given a urine test. Landis battled the findings on every level, spending more than $2 million in the process. The Floyd Fairness Fund was set up to "support Floyd Landis against unsubstantiated doping allegations," says the U.S. Attorney's office. Landis even wrote a book claiming that he did not use the performance enhancing drugs, but in May of 2010 he admitted he had used "a staggering array" of such drugs, says the U.S. Attorney's office.
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