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Judge finds ex-US Rep. Mel Reynolds guilty of tax charges

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, left, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after a judge convicted Reynolds on charges he failed to file tax returns for income he made while in Africa consulting for Chicago businessmen Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Chicago. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $1 million fine. (James Foster/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
September 28, 2017 - 2:58 PM

CHICAGO - A judge has convicted former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds on charges he failed to file tax returns for income he made while consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Reynolds guilty Thursday on four misdemeanour counts. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The Democratic former Illinois congressman represented himself during his trial in Chicago. He argued the money he was paid was for expenses and didn't need to be reported to the IRS.

Prosecutors said Reynolds knew he needed to file a tax return itemizing his expenses and income whether or not he profited.

Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape. He was later convicted on charges that included concealing debts.

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