Illinois man pleads not guilty to US representative threat

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in federal court to threatening a U.S. representative at the Rockford office.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the official isn't named in the documents. The criminal complaint filed by special agent Gerren Stith refers to the official as Representative A.

According to the complaint, 61-year-old Robert F. Fleming went to the office of Representative A for help with social security on Oct. 31 and spoke with a staff member. The complaint says Fleming allegedly demanded his payment for the next day.

The complaint states that after the employee said he couldn't guarantee the money, Fleming allegedly threatened to "shoot this Congress person in the head for refusing to speak to me."

Fleming denies that he threatened the representative.

A hearing in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 27.