October 05, 2008 02:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
This past Thursday, Dancing With The Stars season six champion, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Helio Castroneveswas indicted in a federal income tax case in Florida. The 33-year-old driver is charged with conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion for purposely failing to report to the IRS about $5.5 million in income between 1999 and 2004, according to court documents. He could be facing thirty five years in jail as each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
His sister and business manager Katiucia Castroneves and his attorney, Alan Miller, were also indicted.
Helio, who lives in Coral Gables, Florida, appeared in a Miami court Friday afternoon in regards to the charges.
Helio’s lawyersaid that he is an innocent victim. “Helio Castroneves is a superb and accomplished professional race car driver,” Miami criminal attorney Mark Seiden, who is representing Castroneves, told PEOPLE. “He is not a tax lawyer and not an accountant. He relied in good faith on competent professionals for tax advice. We don’t feel he did anything wrong and will be vindicated in court.”