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Tammy Thomas indicted in steroids case

Former American track cyclist Tammy Thomas might have thought her troubles were behind her after she was handed a lifetime ban from the sport for two positive dope tests, but on Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Thomas for testifying in court that she never used performance-enhancing drugs, and ordered her to appear in court on January 5th.

The Associated Press reports that Thomas, who tested positive for testosterone at the 2000 US Olympic trials, and in 2001 tested positive for a previously unseen steroid Norbolethone, was indicted on three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

Thomas is accused of lying when she stated that she had not used performance-enhancing drugs, and also for testifying that she never received them from Patrick Arnold, a chemist who pled guilty in the BALCO case. Arnold, who was convicted of producing 'the clear' - an illegal steroid which was the source of the BALCO scandal, is currently serving a three-month sentence in federal prison.

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