Disgraced ex-congressman from Chicago arrested at Atlanta airport

| April 12, 2016

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ATLANTA – A former congressman from Chicago was arrested in Atlanta early Monday and is expected to return to Illinois, where he’s facing tax evasion charges.

Mel Reynolds was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after he stepped off a flight from Johannesburg.

A warrant was issued for Reynold’s arrest after he told a judge he would not appear in court to answer tax evasion charges because he would not leave his seriously ill daughter in South Africa.

Reynolds’ arrest is the latest in a series of legal run-ins that derailed what had once appeared to be a promising political career.

A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes scholar, Reynolds was serving in Congress when he was convicted of statutory rape – he had sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker. He served two years.

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