famed for his work on the Barry Bonds BALCO case, is investigating
the duo's U.S. Postal Service-sponsored cycling team doped during the
years of Armstrong's Tour wins. Thursday the Associated Press quoted Armstrong saying the accusations don't faze him.
Sponsorship and bonus-payment agreements entered into by Weisel-controlled companies created a situation in which performance-enhancing drug use could theoretically be construed as a form of financial fraud, defined here as a situation in which a party misrepresents the truth in order to obtain money. If such a definition were ever to hold up in court, it could open a floodgate of legal questions.
Prosecutors from the United States attorney's office for the Northern District of California, which is based in the Bay Area, have worked closely with Novitzky, and would have jurisdiction to investigate the case because Tailwind Sports was based in San Francisco. The investor Thom Weisel, of the investment banking firm Thomas Weisel Partners Group, was the founder and chairman of Tailwind Sports. Armstrong eventually became a co-owner. BLOOD BROTHERS Pro cyclist Floyd Landis saw his career and personal life all but destroyed after a failed drug test cost him his 2006 Tour de France crown. Now, Mr. Landis gives The Wall Street Journal an exclusive tour through what he and others say was a culture of systematic doping in the sport.