LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has indicted an Internal Revenue Service revenue agent on charges of filing false tax returns, helping others file false tax returns, and threatening to kill tax agents who were investigating his activities.
Albert Bront, formerly of Santa Clarita, was named in a 16-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury yesterday afternoon.
Bront was initially indicted last July on charges of threatening federal officers after he allegedly threatened special agents who were executing a search warrant at his home. The superseding indictment adds charges that allege Bront filed five fraudulent tax returns for the tax years 2003 through 2007 in which he fraudulently claimed excessive deductions and failed to report certain income. The superseding indictment also alleges that Bront helped three others file nine separate federal tax returns that also overstated deductions.
Bront is also charged with attempting to interfere with the administration of tax laws by creating and submitting bogus paperwork that purported to show that Bront had purchased a house for which he had claimed a mortgage interest deduction on his taxes.
The final count of the indictment charges Bront with threatening special agents with IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration on July 13, 2009. According to the indictment and documents previously filed in this case, Bront allegedly told agents “I’m going to kill all of you!” as they served a search warrant at his home.
If he is convicted of all 16 counts in the indictment, Bront would face a maximum statutory sentence of 55 years in federal prison.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Bront, who is currently free on bond, will be arraigned on the superseding indictment in the coming weeks.
The investigation into Bront was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration.
CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Bayron T. Gilchrist
Release No. 10-062