Mel Reynolds indicted for failing to file tax returns

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A former member of the United States House of Representatives, Melvin ‘Mel’ Reynolds, has been indicted on federal charges alleging that he failed to file income tax returns for the years 2009 through 2012.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Reynolds, 63, “received gross income in each year in excess of the minimum amount required to file a tax return.  As a result, he was required by law, by April 15 of the following year, to file an income tax return (Form 1040 and accompanying attachments).  Reynolds willfully failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years – 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.”

Each count of failing to file a federal income tax return carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the DOJ.

United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Zachary T. Fardon, announced the indictment with Stephen Boyd, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigative Division Chicago Friday morning.

In February of 2014, Reynolds was arrested at a hotel in Zimbabwe for possessing pornographic images and videos on his phone, and for being the country illegally, according to authorities. He pleaded guilty to being in the country on an expired visa and was fined $100.

Pornography charges were dismissed on a technicality.

Reynolds was then deported from Zimbabwe.

Reynolds will appear for his arraignment at a date yet to be determined by the U.S. District Court.




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