(FLORIDATODAY) — A 40-year-old Melbourne man who told IRS agents he was not subject to man’s laws but instead was an American national who “resided in the Kingdom of Heaven,” pled not guilty this week to charges he filed false tax returns.

Russell P. Gentile also faces one count of obstruction of an IRS agent after a grand jury indicted him.

Gentile was taken into custody Wednesday and had an initial appearance before a U.S. Middle District judge in Orlando hours later. He was released on bond and will have another hearing Feb. 14 on the federal charges.

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