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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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31.

dmt    

I hate to rejoice over someone's else's troubles (Lord knows I've had enough troubles of my own) but for some reason, I can't help smiling. I just never like that guy Helio Castroneves. When he was on "DWTS" and denying that he had eyes for Julianne Hough, I just knew he was lying. I knew he was trying to tag that. She was too good for him in my opinion, and I hope they never end up together. I do have to admit that the move they made in those yellow suits were super, but still the same, I just don't like the guy, and I don't like that s-h-i-t eating grin of his. Also I was so glad that Scott Dixon beat him on the race-track. I don't wish him bad tiding with the IRS, but I'm glad to see him momentarily taken down a peg or two.

2158 days ago
32.

rangewoman    

Everyone in congress can do it and get away with it, but some other shmuck and it's curtains

2158 days ago
33.

Donna    

Now he'll be doing the horizontal mambo with his cell mate.

2158 days ago
34.

All Of Them Be Infected    

My impression of this guy is that he doesn't have the brains or savvy to understand and carry off something like this of his own volition.

For the time being, I would tend to lean toward thinking he might have duped into this scheme by one or more crooked, stinking, lying, sneaky lawyers - who have no problem doing this sort of thing.

They could've sold him on the notion of "what a great idea this is," and he very well might have bought it, with no intention of wrongdoing on his part. It's happened a million times before in show bihniss and sports.

I wonder how much of his cash might been siphoned off in the process by some lowlife lawyer. Anyway, I'll at least give him the benefit of the doubt - he deserves that much.

2158 days ago
35.

Elitemom22    

IDIOT!!!........

HE'LL BE DANCING WITH HIS CELL MATES.....

CHA CHA CHA!

2158 days ago
36.

meow    

Abc lauded this guy. Made big scene at Indy gloating one of their DWTS fools was a big time driver. Julianna went nuts over him, she sang, Kristi Y showed up, all were intervied it was a classic s*#@ storm of false love and admiration. Thank god his ex-fiance' and him broke it off, good job Jules. I love this.

THe DWTS curse moves on.

2158 days ago
37.

Seph    

DON'T MESS WITH UNCLE SAM'S MONEY OR HE WILL BITE YOUR SHAGGY ASS...!

2158 days ago
38.

retrogal    

Hey "The Enforcer"...Marlboro is the Penske/Helio sponser..NOT Target
I'm giving Helio the benefit of the doubt for now...but if true, I'm extremely disappointed in one of my favorite drivers

2158 days ago
39.

Dee Dee Dee    

Was Kelly Stagg-Lenehan his bookkeeper? Naw, she would have robbed him blind!

2158 days ago
40.

RACE GURL    

HEY, ISNT THIS AMERICA?? WHAT HAPPENED TO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY?? HELIO IS A CLASS ACT AND I WOULD BE VERY DISAPPOINTED IF THIS IS TRUE, BUT GIVE HIM A BREAK, HE ISNT IN PRISON YET!!!!

2158 days ago
41.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Guess he didn't realize that the races and the dances are on television for all the IRS agents to see.

2158 days ago
42.

Connie    

I swear sometimes Americans can be so rude and crude. Ya'll should be ashamed!!!

2158 days ago
43.

Therese    

Indicted is not convicted....

2158 days ago
44.

Long Memory    

No surprise coming from this guy. After the way he treated his fiance during DWTS, he's shown himself to have little integrity. He's all about himself. Even if he didn't come up with this plan himself, he sure didn't have any problem participating in it.

He reminds me of Anne Hathaway's ex.

2158 days ago
45.

LeeAnn    

Hmmmmmmmmm, a currnecy conversion error? LOL

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