Stapleton is Armstrong’s former agent and president of Capital Sports and Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Knaggs is CSE vice president and one of Armstrong’s friends and business associates.
Stapleton and Knaggs will pay $68,000 to the federal government and $90,000 to Landis’s law firm.
In April 2015, The U.S. government successfully blocked a proposed settlement for Stapleton and Knaggs. The two had reached a $600,000 deal with Landis. “While it might seem counterintuitive that the government can effectively veto a settlement of claims it has chosen not to join, the False Claims Act itself and the majority of circuits that have addressed the question say otherwise,” Judge Christopher R. Cooper ruled.
This means Armstrong will be the sole defendant in the $100 million trial this November.