Armstrong faces deadline to confess

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and JESSICA VESS / KVUE News

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Posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6:46 PM

AUSTIN -- A federal crimminal investigation is underway into Lance Armstrong. It comes as Wednesday's deadline for Armstrong to tell the truth under oath to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) came and went and as he faces a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

Armstrong has until the end of Wednesday to go under oath and confess to using performance enhancing drugs. The courtroom confession could lead to a possible lift on his lifetime ban.

The USADA handed down the ban last year amid drug allegations. At the time, Armstrong had continuously denied the charges. Then in January when he sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he openly confessed.
 
The USADA then offered the 41-year-old an ultimatum to confess under oath or lose all chances at future competitions.
 
Armstrong has said he wants to compete again.
 
“Do I want to compete again?” asked Armstrong in his interview with Oprah. “Hell yes. I'm a competitor. It's what I've done my whole life. I love to train. I love to race. I love to tow the line.”
 
Whether he'll say anything in court remains unknown. His lawyers haven't made any comments.
 
The attorney who's been a part of the investigation against Armstrong for the past two years said on Tuesday that he remains wary but is open to what Armstrong may say in court.
 
“That has not changed my view at this time. Obviously we'll consider. We'll continue to look at the situation, but it hasn't changed our view as I stand here today,” said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte of the Central California District.
 
There's still an active federal investigation underway into Armstrong. ABC News has learned that agents are looking at Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation.
 
The sports insurance company responsible for paying out bonuses for Tour de France wins is going after Armstrong as well. SCA Promotions says it wants to recoup as much as $12 million from Armstrong's wins in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
 
"He was the official winner of those races, and our contract required that we pay him if he was the official winner, but both he and his lawyers almost taunted us and said 'If we're ever stripped of those titles, we'll give you the money back.' I think at that time, Mr. Armstrong thought he'd never be caught," said Jeffrey Tillotson, external attorney for SCA Promotions.
 
Part of SCA's payout agreement says "No party may challenge, appeal or attempt to set aside the award." The lawsuit has not been filed yet.

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