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Longtime L.A. Port Police Chief Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

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Reflected in the windshield of a Port Police boat, Los Angeles Port Police Chief Ronald Boyd rides through the harbor near the Vincent Thomas Bridge in 2011. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

The chief of police at the nation’s busiest container port was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges that accuse him of hiding his business links to a software developer he was helping win a contract at the port.

Ronald Jerome Boyd — the chief of police at the Port of Los Angeles for more than a decade — faces charges of wire fraud, making false statements to federal agents and tax evasion, according to the 16-count indictment.

The charging document alleges that Boyd defrauded the city “by means of bribery and kickbacks” and provided confidential information about the port to the software vendor.

Boyd, 57, is accused of helping the software developer obtain a contract with the city of Los Angeles while simultaneously forming a joint venture with the company that he failed to disclose and later lied about in an interview with federal agents.

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