CHICAGO (CBS) — Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was arrested Monday in Atlanta on an outstanding warrant.
Reynolds arrived in Atlanta on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to the U.S. Marshals Office.READ MORE: New Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Sites To Target CPS Students, Families
U.S. District Judge John Darrah last month declined Reynolds’ attorneys’ request to delay his tax evasion trial, slated to begin May 2.
Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges accusing him of failing to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012.
The former congressman had been allowed to remain free on bond, pending trial, but was given permission to go to South Africa to visit his daughter, who suffers from scoliosis, and might need surgery soon.
“Judge Darrah had given him permission to go to Africa, and spend some time with his daughter, who is apparently very seriously ill. Judge Darrah gave him March 31st as a time by which he needs to come back to Chicago, and when he didn’t come back on March 31st, Judge Darrah issued a warrant,” said Reynolds’ defense attorney, Richard Kling.READ MORE: FBI Seeking Public's Help Finding Devontay Anderson; Feds Say Third Suspect Charged In Killing Of Jaslyn Adams Fled State To Avoid Prosecution