Deliberations begin in Castroneves case

April 10, 2009 12:19:23 PM PDT
A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Brazilian race car driver Helio Castroneves on charges that he and two advisers schemed to dodge taxes on his earnings. Closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning after a six-week trial in Miami. Castroneves, his business manager-sister and his lawyer are accused of conspiring to evade some $2.3 million in taxes between 1999 and 2004.

Prosecutors say the three used an offshore company in an intricate plot to avoid taxes. But defense lawyers say Castroneves paid all U.S. taxes he owed and left his finances to advisers while he focused on winning races.

All three defendants face more than six years in prison if convicted. The two-time Indianapolis 500 champ also was won TV's "Dancing With The Stars" in 2007.

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