Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Helio Castroneves Cleared Of Remaining Tax Charge, Wins Indy 500

From All Headlines News.com:

Auto racing driver and former "Dancing with the Stars" champ Helio Castroneves' tax-related charges have been dropped on Friday.

The Indianapolis 500 winner was charged with conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion for allegedly failing to report to the IRS about his millions of income between 199 and 2004. His manager sister Katiucia and lawyer Alan Miller are also charged with assisting him in 2008, they were acquitted of the charges in April.

The trial for the case ended on April 10 this year, and Castroneves was acquitted of all six counts of tax evasion, but hung on one count of conspiracy.

However, on Friday, the remaining charge has been dropped.

He told eonline.com, "My life is back. The only thing I can think about is to go and be in the race car again."

That was Friday.

On Sunday, the over-achieving Brazilian racing driver won his third Indianapolis 500 checkered flag.

Castroneves won the title in 2001 and 2002. He also won the fifth season of the reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars" with partner Julianne Hough.

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