LOS ANGELES – The police chief for the Port of Los Angeles has been charged with corruption in an alleged kickback and bribery scheme.
Ronald Jerome Boyd was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on 16 counts of corruption, lying to FBI agents, tax evasion and failing to file federal corporate tax returns.
Prosecutors say he's expected to surrender next week.
The charges stem from a project to develop a social networking program, dubbed Portwatch, to provide the public with port information and allow them to report crimes there.
Prosecutors say that Boyd made a deal to share revenues with another company in return for helping that firm obtain the contract to develop Portwatch.
Boyd's attorney says he looks forward to defending his client.
A message seeking comment from a port representative wasn't immediately returned.