Former Illinois congressman sentenced to six months in prison on tax charges
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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison for failing to file federal income tax returns, Reuters reported.

Reynolds was convicted last September on tax charges after he failed to file a federal return in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Reynolds earned $433,000 for consulting work he did in Africa during that time, but did not file income tax paperwork. The ex-congressman argued the money was not income, and therefore did not need to be reported.


He ultimately admitted guilt in the case and pleaded for probation.

He will serve four months in prison, having already been in custody for two months.

Federal prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Reynolds to at least two years in prison because of his past criminal history, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The tax case marks Reynolds’ third criminal conviction. 

Reynolds was first elected to Congress in 1992, but resigned in 1995 after he was convicted on sexual assault and child pornography charges.

In 1997, before his release for his first conviction, he was charged and convicted of bank fraud and misusing campaign funds. He was released from prison in 2001.

In 2014, immigration officers in Zimbabwe detained Reynolds for allegedly carrying expired travel documents and possessing pornographic material. He was deported and pleaded guilty to staying in the country on an expired visa.