updated 1/6/2011 9:14:53 AM ET 2011-01-06T14:14:53

A California-based Internal Revenue Service agent could spend up to nine years in prison after acknowledging that he cheated on his own taxes.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Albert Bront pleaded guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles to filing false tax returns for himself and two innocent relatives. The false tax form claims included bogus alimony and mortgage deductions.

The former Santa Clarita resident told a federal judge that he filed fraudulent tax returns for himself from 2003 to 2007 by claiming excessive deductions and failing to report income. He also acknowledged filing fraudulent returns on behalf of two unknowing relatives.

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Bront has been on unpaid leave from the IRS since he was charged in 2009. His sentencing is set for April 13.

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