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Former Port of Los Angeles|Police Chief Gets 2 Years

LOS ANGELES (CN) — The former police chief of the Port of Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for tax evasion and lying to FBI agents who were investigating him for bribery.

Ronald Boyd, 58, of Torrance, pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 3. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner sentenced him to prison and ordered him to pay $305,054 in restitution.

Boyd pleaded guilty to three charges in a 16-count indictment on the day his trial was to begin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

In a masterstroke of irony, Boyd admitted he lied to federal investigators about a scheme for a smart phone app called Portwatch, which was supposed to help the public report criminal activity at the port.

Boyd and two partners formed a company called BDB Communications in 2011, to develop and sell a similar app they called Metrowatch. Boyd got 13.33 percent interest in the company through by guaranteeing that it would get the Portwatch contract, prosecutors said. He lied about that to the FBI in October 2014.

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