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Helio Castroneves found not guilty of tax evasion

No word if he danced after the verdict was announced. From the Sun-Sentinel-

Brazilian race car driver and “Dancing With The Stars” champ Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes.

A federal jury acquitted Castroneves on six counts of tax evasion but hung on one count of conspiracy. When the sentence was read, Castroneves broke into sobs and leaned against his attorneys for support.

The jury also acquitted Katiucia Castroneves, 35, who is her 33-year-old brother’s business manager, on the tax evasion counts but also hung on the conspiracy. Michigan motorsports attorney Alan Miller, 71, was acquitted on all three counts of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy. The jury deliberated six days after a six-week trial.

Castroneves, speaking in his native Portuguese, expressed profound relief.

“I just want to thank God and my fans, and all of the people who prayed for me,” he said outside the courtroom, still fingering a rosary.

With this behind him, will Castroneves be selected for a position in the Obama administration? Stay tuned!

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