A so-called "sovereign citizen" is demanding the state pay him $1.6 million in gold or silver coins after a traffic stop last year.
When Mark Osborn was pulled over on his motorcycle downtown in November, he showed identification claiming to be a diplomat and told officers that he did not believe he should have to have a driver's license or register his bike with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Members of the growing "sovereign citizen" movement believe they are exempt from state and federal laws.
Osborn has now filed a complaint against the state, accusing Indiana authorities of fraud and theft and claiming the traffic stop was illegal because of his status as a "sovereign citizen."
Osborn declined to comment on the complaint when approached by Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez
"That's an ongoing case. I ain't got nothing to say," he said.
Two vehicles in Osborn's driveway, including a Mercedes Benz, had license plates that read, "Free State Republic."
"The law doesn't state that a private citizen has to be registered through BMV. That's their way of making money," Osborn told RTV6 when he was pulled over last year. "If you don't have a driver's license, they can't legally write you a ticket, because you've done away with the contract that you had with them. Therefore, you are not agreeing to abide by any of the laws or any of that."
A 2010 Call 6 investigation found a number of people involved in the "sovereign citizen" movement living in Delaware, Madison and Marion counties.
At the Statehouse, Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said he hopes to use the information uncovered by RTV6 to draft a bill to curb some of the activities.
"Everyone is subject to laws within state of Indiana," Head said. "You can't be free of those laws because you declare it to be so."
Mark Osborn's Complaint Against State
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