'Dancing with the Stars' Winner Helio Castroneves Indicted for Tax Fraud

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Looks like Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves has been spending too much time in the fast lane. The professional race-car driver was indicted Thursday in a federal income tax case in Florida, and is accused by a federal grand jury of siphoning millions of dollars in income to a Panamanian shell company from 1999 to 2004, People reports.

Brazilian-born Helio is expected to appear in a Miami court on Friday to face charges of conspiracy and tax evasion. If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum penalty of 35 years in prison.

Helio's sister and business manager Katiucia Castroneves and his attorney, Alan Miller, were also indicted.

Until he faces trail, Helio is returning to business as usual on the racetrack. Bud Denker, executive vice president of Penske Racing, for which Helio races, told People that Helio was in Atlanta on Thursday preparing for a race on Saturday.

"He's doing fine," says Denker. "Now, he's focusing on getting this thing behind him, getting in the race car and hopefully winning a race."

So we guess Helio's charming smile didn't work as well on the federal court judges as it did with the ones on Dancing with the Stars! Hopefully he won't have to do the paso doble with prison guards in the future.

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