Castroneves indicted on tax evasion

MIAMI (TICKER) —Helio Castroneves, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, was indicted Thursday on tax-evasion charges.

The famed Brazilian driver was indicted along with a relative and an Ohio attorney, authorities said. Castroneves, who owns a mansion in Coral Gables, is charged with failing to pay more than $5 million in taxes over a four-year period.

Castroneves’ sister, Kali, and his lawyer, Alan Miller are accused of assisting him in the alleged tax-evasion scheme. The three defendants are expected to surrender to authorities and appear in court Friday morning.

The 33-year-old Team Penske driver won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 and 2002, becoming the fifth man to achieve the feat in consecutive years. He finished second to teammate and countryman Gil de Ferran in 2003.

Castroneves gained American fame last year after winning the fifth season of ABC’s reality television show “Dancing with the Stars” with partner Julianne Hough.

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Updated Thursday, Oct 2, 2008