Dopers could face serious fraud charges

VIENNA -- Athletes in Austria caught doping could be charged with serious fraud and face prison terms of up to 10 years.

The penalties come in an amendment to the national fraud act, which is expected to take effect Jan. 1.

Under current Austrian law, possessing and selling banned substances are a criminal offense but not the actual use of the drugs.

Austria's sports and justice ministers on Monday announced the amendment, which awaits ratification by parliament this year.