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IRS agent pleads guilty to cheating on taxes

Albert Bront, 51, admits receiving thousands of dollars in fraudulent refunds after filing false tax returns for himself and some of his relatives. He could be sentenced to up to nine years in prison.

January 06, 2011|By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times

You'd think an IRS agent would know how to beat the system.

But not Albert Bront, an Internal Revenue Service agent in Southern California. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles to filing false tax returns for himself and some of his relatives, and obtaining thousands of dollars in fraudulent refunds.

Bront, 51, admitted filing fraudulent tax returns for 2003 to 2007, claiming excessive deductions and failing to report some income. Among the false deductions: Bront declared $12,000 in alimony that he had not paid, prosecutors said.

In addition, Bront admitted filing false returns for some relatives without their knowledge, and keeping the refunds he received.

Bront, who has been on unpaid leave from the IRS since his arrest in 2009, worked as a revenue agent at an undisclosed office. He will be jailed until his sentencing, scheduled for April 13 before U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II in Los Angeles, the U.S. attorney's office said in a news release.

As a result of the guilty pleas, Bront faces a maximum sentence of nine years in federal prison. He has agreed to pay $127,000 in restitution to the federal government.

Bront was initially indicted in 2009 on charges of threatening to harm agents who served a search warrant at his Santa Clarita home. As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the threat charge.

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