CHICAGO — Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds’ misdemeanor tax charges case is set to begin in Chicago federal court.
The former Illinois congressman is accused of failing to file tax returns from 2009 to 2012. A bench trial is scheduled to start Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman. Reynolds is representing himself and has pleaded not guilty. Each count carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar resigned from Congress in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape. He was later convicted on charges that included concealing debts.
Reynolds was indicted in the tax case in June 2015. He spent two months in jail last year after a federal judge ruled he violated bond while traveling to Africa.