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    Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds Guilty on 4 Misdemeanor Tax Counts

    Mel Reynolds, the former rising-star congressman disgraced amid a series of scandals in the 1990s, was found guilty Thursday of four misdemeanor tax counts.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)

    Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds has reported to a federal correctional center to begin serving the remaining four months of his sentence for failing to file tax returns.

    The 66-year-old Reynolds surrendered Wednesday for a stay at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

    For failing to file tax returns for income made while consulting for Chicago businessmen operating in Africa, prosecutors asked for a two-year sentence. The six-month term imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman included credit for two months Reynolds already served in custody.

    The Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar resigned from Congress in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape. He was later convicted on charges he illegally raised campaign cash while in Congress and defrauded banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Reynolds Accuses Key Witness of Large Scale Bribes in His Own Tax Case

    [CHI] Reynolds Accuses Key Witness of Large Scale Bribes in His Own Tax Case

    Former congressman Mel Reynolds attempted to turn the tables on federal prosecutors in his tax evasion case Tuesday, accusing a key government witness of paying bribes to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in hopes of landing a lucrative diamond mining operation in the central African nation. Phil Rogers reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017)

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