WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong's girlfriend has been subpoenaed for questioning by the U.S. government in light of a civil fraud case against the former athlete.
Nearly $100 million is on the line for the exiled cyclist as he faces a lawsuit from the U.S. government on the behalf of his former sponsor, the United States Postal Service.
USA Today reports that feds have subpoenaed Armstrong's partner, Anna Hansen, for questioning regarding his history of lying and hiding his illegal doping practices.
"Until his confession, Armstrong told only those closest to him the truth about his drug-fueled success as a cyclist," the government stated in response to Armstrong's attorneys' plea to dismiss the subpoena.
"The United States is entitled to learn what Armstrong told those confidants, including Anna Hansen, about his use of performance enhancing drugs, his acts of concealment, and other matters relating to his litigation."
In February, Armstrong pleaded guilty to careless driving in Aspen after allowing his girlfriend to take the initial fall for the December 2014 accident. He reportedly did so in order to stay out of the news, further inciting federal investigators to dig deeper to find what else the Livestrong founder has lied about.
The USPS claims that Armstrong violated his contract under the False Claims Act by using performance enhancing drugs to win seven Tours de France. The former sponsors paid more that $30 million to Armstrong's cycling team and may receive triple damages if they win the case, according to
The government says Armstrong "made false statements in order to get the USPS to make sponsorship payments to the team and to avoid the team's obligation to repay."