Former Port of L.A. Police Chief Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Tax Evasion

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Former Port of Los Angeles Police Chief Ronald J. Boyd, right, visits the port's threat detection center in 2011. (Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

The former chief of police at the Port of Los Angeles was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday for concealing over $1.1 million in income and making false statements to the FBI.

Ronald Boyd, 58, of Torrance, was also ordered to serve three years’ supervised release and pay $305,054 in restitution, according Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Boyd pleaded guilty in February as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop federal corruption charges, according to U.S. District Court records. He also admitted to a misdemeanor count of failure to file a complete income tax return in 2011.

Boyd was police chief at the time he was accused of lying to federal investigators about accepting a bribe in exchange for securing and steering a port contract for a smartphone app, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The app, PortWatch, was created to allow port workers, city officials and the public to report criminal activity, emergencies and operations at the port.

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