IRS agent facing prison time for filing false returns
You may remember Albert Bront. He's the guy who greeted federal agents at his home by screaming, "I'm going to kill all of you!" The agents were there to execute a search warrant in 2009 based on an investigation of tax returns prepared and filed by Bront, an Internal Revenue Service agent.
Bront is a resident of Santa Clarita, California, or at least he was until earlier this month when he was incarcerated. But it wasn't the death threats to federal agents that sealed his fate. For that, he ultimately got a pass.
Forbes magazine describes the original investigation into Bront's tax returns as part of an annual effort by the IRS to scare taxpayers into better filing practices by shaking down one of its own. The probe turned up questions about Bront's tax returns filed for 2003-2007, plus returns filed for two family members.
When agents searched his home, they found three loaded guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. After the verbal attack on the federal agents, Bront was placed on unpaid leave from the IRS, and indicted by a grand jury for the threats.
Later, he was named in a 16-count superseding indictment for improperly filing tax returns.
Among the list of charges:
- Failing to report all income.
- Claiming $17,000 in mortgage interest deductions on a home that had no mortgage. The home had been a gift from his mother.
- Attempting to interfere with the administration of tax law by creating and submitting fraudulent paperwork to support the bogus mortgage interest deduction.
- Claiming a deduction for $12,000 in alimony, which court documents indicated he did not pay.
Bront also filed tax returns on behalf of two family members. Based on those returns, Bront is said to have pocketed $10,000 in fraudulent refunds.
Bront, 51, appeared last week in a Los Angeles court to plead guilty to charges of filing false returns for himself and two relatives. Bront also agreed to pay $127,000 in restitution. The charge for verbally threatening federal officers was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Based on his guilty plea, he was immediately jailed while he awaits sentencing in April. He faces up to nine years in prison, according to news reports.