UNDATED (CNN) -- A Texas insurance company wants disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to return $15 million. After his confession to Oprah Winfrey about using performance enhancing drugs, he had been all but silent. But Armstrong now may be ready to name names.
A year ago, Lance Armstrong was told by federal prosecutors that the two-year investigation into his use of performance enhancing drugs was over. No charges would be filed.
Then last month, Armstrong confessed to years of doping. Despite the confession, the United States attorney in Los Angeles said the case would remain closed. Andre Birotte says, "We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago. Obviously, we've been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong in other media reports. That has not changed my view at this time."
Now it appears possible federal investigators aren't quite ready to give up. a spokesperson for the federal drug administration which has been investigating Armstrong, tells CNN it's "still an ongoing matter." And citing a high level source, ABC News reports agents are looking into charges of obstruction, intimidation and witness tampering.
A Dallas-based insurance company is demanding that Armstrong pay back almost $15 million in bonus money for winning multiple Tour du France titles. Jeff Tillotson, SCA Promotions Attorney says, "Mr Armstrong thought he would never be caught. Of course, he has been caught, exposed, confessed, admitted essentially to perjury. And so we're simply going to ask him to finally live up to his word and give that money back."
But Armstrong's attorneys argue the insurance company has no right to get the money back because of this 2006 settlement agreement which reads, in part, "no party may challenge, appeal or attempt to set aside the arbitration award." Armstrong's attorney says, "it is clear as day the insurance company has zero right to reopen the matter."
Since Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced cyclist has disappeared from public view. Once prolific on Twitter, he hasn't sent out a tweet in nearly a month. And his profile page now ends with these words of wisdom: "met patience in 1996 but only now am I getting to know and appreciate her." The United States Anti-Doping Agency has banned lance Armstrong for life, but did say that the ban could be reduced to 8 years if Armstrong agreed to cooperate with investigators under oath.
Thursday, the New York Times reported that Armstrong is in talks with the U-S Anti-Doping Agency to possibly disclose who helped him dope.