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Former United States Congressman Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for Failing to File Federal Income Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — MELVIN REYNOLDS, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, was sentenced today to six months in federal prison for failing to file four years of federal income tax returns, with two months of credit for time served.

Reynolds, 66, was found guilty after a bench trial last year of four counts of willfully failing to file a federal income tax return. Reynolds failed to file returns for the calendar years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Jonas and Georgia Alexakis.

Evidence at trial showed that Reynolds received gross income in excess of the minimum amount required to file a tax return. As a result, he was required by law to file a federal income tax return, but he willfully failed to do so.

Updated May 10, 2018