Saturday, June 27, 2015

ILL-inois: Ex-congressman Reynolds indicted again

You can keep a bad man down. Especially when he is his own worst enemy.

The saga of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds continues.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Reynolds, 63, who lost his South Side and south suburban 2nd Congressional District seat in 1995 after being convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted on the tax charges on Thursday. The indictment was made public on Friday.

Reynolds didn't file returns in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to the charges. Each count carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $250,000 fine.

It's just the latest legal battle for Reynolds. Last year Reynolds was deported to the U.S. after paying a fine for violating Zimbabwe's immigration laws.

Reynolds was ordered to pay a $100 fine or five days imprisonment after pleading guilty to flouting the country's immigration laws by staying longer than his visa permitted. He also faced charges of possessing pornography after images of naked men and women were allegedly found on his iPhone. Those charges were ultimately dismissed.
While in prison for the sex offense--Reynolds was indicted and then convicted for campaign finance law violations. But in one of his midnight pardons, Bill Clinton commuted his sentence.

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