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IndyCar Driver/"Dancing" Champ Indicted

10/2/2008 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Helio Castroneves TMZ has learned that Helio Castroneves has been indicted for allegedly not paying taxes on more than $5 million. Castroneves was indicted today in Miami. The charges -- Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. and Tax Evasion.

According to the indictment, Helio and two others are accused of using "an offshore Panamanian shell corporation Seven Promotions to conceal and disguise the true and correct amount of Helio Castroneves' income from the Internal Revenue Service."

Helio was indicted along with his sister, Katiucia Castroneves and Alan Miller, Helio's lawyer. The three are charged with conspiracy "for the purpose of impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful government functions of the Internal Revenue Service."

They are accused of trying to "conceal and disguise" Helio's income. One of the charges -- that Helio received $2 million in salary from a Brazilian trading company but made it appear that he only received $200,000.

The Conspiracy and Tax Evasion charges are each punishable by a maximum of 5 years in federal prison.

Castroneves is known to some as a race car driver, but recently gained wider fame by winning "Dancing with the Stars."

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1.

michael    

Ala chingada!!

2177 days ago
2.

Switch    

and now he'll be Dancing with the IRS

2177 days ago
3.

KRISTEN    

Maybe it was a typo i mean it was only one zero.

2177 days ago
4.

Yeddy-Bo    

Just think how good the race team at "Club Fed" will be next year!!
Just saying..............

2177 days ago
5.

yer mom's soo effin hot!!    

Hate to sound prejudice, but them from that 'sexually liberal' country are pretty vicious when it comes to corruption. I'd check Giselle and McConaheys lady while you're at it. They have like this super thin upper crust in Brazil who is disgustingly wealthy, while the vast majority lives in favelas. I'm not complaining though, cuz i don't wanna die quite yet. Truly, a horrible country. And anyone who points that out runs huge risks. Or, Heilo?

2177 days ago
6.

Melissa    

That's too bad, he was such an easy guy to like, now he is just another douche bag!

2177 days ago
7.

800 pound gorilla fart    

...at sucking eggs .

2177 days ago
8.

Boston Kate    

#5. You don't know what you're talking about - sexually liberal. That's not true; the majority of young men and women stay at home, until they're married. You do sound, and obviously are, prejudiced (that's how you spell it, nimrod).

2177 days ago
9.

DJ    

He'll now be "Dancing with the Guards"

2177 days ago
10.

Jenny pruski    

rich stupid and greedy,you reep what you sow,when you have enough money to live like a king and you get greedy you are stupid.

2177 days ago
11.

Jay    

It's a shame he did this, since he's so personable - I wouldn't have expected it! But if he did it, then when you dance, you have to pay the band...so to speak.

2177 days ago
12.

J_Man    

Got what he deserved. The rich just try to get richer.

2177 days ago
13.

sluckyduck    

Boy, that just goes to show you, you can't judge a book by it's cover!!! GEEZ!!!

2177 days ago
14.

AvaBardot    

It's karma! Mel B should have won dancing with the stars!! LAMO.

2177 days ago
15.

meow    

The dancing with the stars curse continues.

2177 days ago
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