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'Dancing with the Stars' champ Helio Castroneves' trial to start March 2

By Christopher Rocchio, 11/10/2008 

Helio Castroneves won't be able to waltz his way out of this one.

The Dancing with the Stars fifth-season celebrity champ will appear in federal court on March 2 to face a jury after he was previously indicted on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States of income taxes and six counts of income tax evasion, E! News reported Monday.

The court date was set by U.S. District Judge Donald Graham, who also ruled that Katiucia Castroneves -- Castroneves' sister and business manager -- and Ohio-based attorney Alan Miller will face trial on similar charges, according to E! News.

The two-time Indy 500 winner pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and tax fraud charges last month.  He is accused of fraudulently using an offshore corporation in the Netherlands to avoid paying income taxes on $5 million worth of licensing income from Penske Racing Inc. -- the IndyCar racing team he drives for --  between 2000 and 2002. 

Castroneves also allegedly failed to report $550,000 worth of sponsorship income from Coimex, a Brazilian import and export company, between 1999 and 2001.  In addition, he also allegedly filed six false federal income tax returns between 1999 and 2004.

Katiucia was also indicted on all seven counts while Miller was indicted on three counts of tax evasion.

If convicted, the three face more than 30 years in prison.

(Photo credit ABC)

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