- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

MIAMI (AP) - The prosecution has rested in the Miami tax evasion trial of Brazilian race car driver and “Dancing With The Stars” winner Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH’-vehz).

Defense attorneys are expected to begin their case later Monday for the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, his business-manager sister and a Michigan attorney. All three are charged with conspiracy and tax evasion involving about $5.5 million from 1999 to 2004.

U.S. District Judge Donald Graham denied defense motions for acquittal on all the charges, saying prosecutors had presented enough evidence for the jury to decide.

It’s unclear if Castroneves or his co-defendants will testify. Castroneves has denied evading U.S. income taxes and claimed he relied on professional advice for his finances.

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