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Don’t mess with the IRS: Screaming agent goes to jail

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Few things in life are certain. As the saying goes, you know that one thing you can count on is that we all die eventually. And the second thing is, we all have to pay our taxes: if not now, then later and with penalties and interest.

Advice: Here’s a third rule to live by: It’s never a good idea to scream death threats at federal agents. And if you do, chances are it won’t help to say you’re sorry. Just ask 49-year-old Albert Bront, of Valencia, Calif., who is now sitting in jail. But wait ... the story gets worse.

Bront, who was being investigated by the federal government on suspicion of filing false tax returns, is himself an IRS agent. When U.S. Department of the Treasury officials approached his home to serve him with a warrant, Bront screamed at them, “I’m going to kill you all!”

Official reports said that when Bront tried to go back into his house, the federal agents felt threatened. One agent drew a gun on him, and another pulled out his baton before making the arrest.  A search of the home revealed that Bront had three loaded guns: a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol with 115 rounds of ammunition, and a pair of .357-caliber revolvers.

According to the arrest affidavit:

“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. After Bront was arrested, he remained agitated, and when placed in the back seat of a law-enforcement vehicle for transportation, Bront kicked the front seat, pounded the passenger door with his elbow and continued yelling.”

The affidavit also stated that Bront subsequently told investigators that his threats were outbursts and he never intended to harm the agents. At last report, he was being held without bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

So far, Bront has not been charged in connection with the initial investigation of false tax returns.

Footnote: Officials at the Treasury Department would not comment on the specifics of the case or on Bront’s role as an employee of the IRS.

— Adapted from AccountingWeb, Inc., www.accountingweb.com.

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