Armstrong's doctor could face criminal charges

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FILE - This July 5, 2004 file photo shows U.S. Postal Service team leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, third from right, framed by his teammates as the pack rides during the second stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Charleroi and Namur, Belgium. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."  USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012,  a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
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ROME (AP) — The Italian doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal could be about to face criminal charges.

The prosecutor who has been investigating Dr. Michele Ferrari for several years tells The Associated Press that his inquiry is "coming to a close."

In a rare media interview, Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti also calls for an Interpol-like agency dedicated exclusively to international doping investigations like the one used for Armstrong.

Roberti says that the Armstrong inquiry was effective merely due to the "personal wills of individuals, who did this voluntarily. We need something that always works, and doesn't just depend on personal will."

While Roberti would not reveal details of his inquiry, he is believed to be investigating up to 70 people, including about 20 athletes.

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