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IRS agent arrested for threats

Treasury Department investigates Valencia man for filing false tax returns

Posted: July 15, 2009 10:16 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

An IRS agent has been charged with threatening to kill federal authorities outside his Valencia home earlier this week, after he learned they were investigating him for filing false tax returns, according to court documents.

Albert Bront, 49, was ordered held without bail Tuesday pending a preliminary hearing at the end of the month.

U.S. Department of Treasury agents arrested Bront on Monday after the owner of three guns screamed, “I’m going to kill all of you!” as they served a search warrant at his home, according to investigators’ statements filed with the U.S. District Court.

Bront then tried to get back into his home, where he kept his weapons — prompting one of the agents to feel threatened enough to point a gun at Bront and another to pull out a baton, the affadavit said.

“Around the time that Bront made the threat, he was very aggressive, tried to re-enter the house and kept moving toward (an agent) in an attempt to enter the house, which contained guns,” the affadavit read. “After Bront was arrested, he remained agitated, and when placed in the backseat of a law-enforcement vehicle for transportation, Bront kicked the front seat, pounded the passenger door with his elbow and continued yelling.”

Bront later told agents he made the threat in anger and didn’t mean it, the affadavit read.

The agents found three loaded guns, including a pair of .357 caliber revolvers and a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and about 115 rounds of ammunition.

Bront has not yet been charged with any crimes stemming from the agents’ initial investigation, officials said.

Though the affadavit said Bront was an agent with the Internal Revenue Service, it did not describe the capacity in which he worked. Treasury Department officials said Wednesday they could not comment on the case.

Bront’s preliminary hearing is set for July 28 in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

 

 

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