- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

MIAMI (AP) - Jurors weighing tax evasion charges against Brazilian race car driver Helio Castroneves and two advisers have gone home for the day.

The jury spent several hours deliberating after closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning. The panel will continue considering the case on Monday.

Castroneves, his business manager-sister and his lawyer are accused of conspiring to evade some $2.3 million in taxes.

Prosecutors say they 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 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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