Indy 500 champ to face tax charges

A former winner of the blue riband Indianapolis 500 race is gearing up for a
court battle after a judge denied a motion to dismiss some of the counts in an
upcoming tax evasion trial.

Together with his sister and his attorney, Helio Castroneves has been charged
with allegedly scheming to evade taxes on more than $5m (£3.36m) of income
between 1999 and 2004,

Castroneves, his sister and business manager Katiucia Castroneves, and his
attorney Alan R Miller are accused of using an offshore Panamanian shell
corporation known as Seven Promotions to conceal income he received from his
racing sponsors, Coimex Internacional and Penske Racing.

Castroneves, his sister and Miller are accused of engaging in a scheme to
avoid paying taxes by creating a deferred royalty plan that required Penske to
send the payment to a company in the Netherlands instead of to Seven Promotions.

US District Judge Donald Graham refused to throw out the charges last week,
but a hearing will take place today on another motion to dismiss other charges
in the case.

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