Friday, October 3, 2008

Hélio Castroneves set free after posting $10 million bail

Brazilian race car driver, Hélio Castroneves, surrendered to the authorities yesterday. He was accompanied by U.S. marshals into the Miami courtroom. At that time, the driver was in handcuffs and leg irons and he was shaking.

The 33 year old driver and Dancing with the Stars winner of last year pleaded not guilty. He was set free after posting $10 million bail. He paid $2 million in cash and signed an $8 million “personal surety bond.” He immediately left to catch a flight to Atlanta, Georgia. He also had to surrender his passport and plans to race in Atlanta in the weekend. He told reporters:

"It's been a long day. It's been an emotional day, obviously,...I am not guilty, I know right from wrong and I did nothing wrong."

Castroneves’ sister, Katiucia Castroneves, and lawyer, Alan R. Miller, were also charged for tax indictment but they did not enter pleas. They were released on $2 million and $25,000 bail.

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