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IRS Agent Filed False Tax Returns for Himself and Relatives

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A former Santa Clarita resident employed as a revenue agent with the IRS pleaded guilty yesterday on charges he filed false tax returns for himself and relatives, according to the Department of Justice.

51-year-old Albert Bront admitted in court he filed fraudulent tax returns for himself in 2005, for which he is charged, as well as during the tax years 2003-2007, when he took excessive deductions and neglected to declare all his income. He also lent a helping, insider-savvy hand to two relatives, but did not tell them he was cooking the books for their filings.

Because of his guilty plea, Bront faces a statutory maximum sentence of nine years in federal prison. In addition to the possible prison term, Bront agreed to pay a total amount of restitution of approximately $127,116. However, part of the deal for his guilty plea is that the judge will dismiss charges he threatened the federal officers who were executing a search warrant on his home.

Bront got the boot from his IRS gig in 2009, when charges were initially filed; he will stay put in jail until his sentencing on April 13...just 5 days ahead of the deadline for the rest of us honest, working stiffs to file our legit tax returns for 2010.