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Last tax charge against Castroneves dropped

May 22, 2009 10:43:07 AM PDT
Federal prosecutors are dropping a remaining tax evasion conspiracy charge against former Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves and his sister. The decision Friday means a complete acquittal for the 33-year-old Brazilian driver, who has the pole position for Sunday's Indy 500.

Castroneves and his 35-year-old sister Katiucia were acquitted of other tax evasion charges on April 17. His lawyer Alan Miller also was cleared of all wrongdoing.

The jury failed to agree on the conspiracy charge, resulting in a mistrial on that count. Now prosecutors have decided not to pursue a second trial on that charge.

Castroneves has twice won the Indy 500 and was champion in 2007 of TV's "Dancing With The Stars" competition.

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