Mel Reynolds scheduled to appear for arraignment

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds speaks in Chicago. In a news release Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Reynolds said he will plead not guilty to federal charges he failed to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, July 30 at federal court in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — A judge has convicted former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds on charges he failed to file tax returns for income he made while consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Reynolds guilty Thursday on four misdemeanor counts. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The Democratic former Illinois congressman represented himself during his trial in Chicago. He argued the money he was paid was for expenses and didn't need to be reported to the IRS.

Prosecutors said Reynolds knew he needed to file a tax return itemizing his expenses and income whether or not he profited.

Reynolds resigned his 2nd Congressional District seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage, 16-year-old campaign worker.

He was later convicted on charges that included concealing debts.

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