Ronald J. Boyd, chief of police for the Port of Los Angeles, was indicted Thursday on charges of wire fraud, making false statements to the FBI and tax evasion, according to media reports. The 57-year-old has reportedly been the chief of police at the busiest container port in the United States for over a decade.
Boyd was reportedly accused of hiding his links to a software company that he helped to obtain a contract with the port. He was placed on administrative leave on Thursday and has agreed to surrender to the FBI next week, Daniel J. O’Brien, an assistant U.S. attorney said, according to the Associated Press. If convicted for the 16 counts of charges against him, Boyd could reportedly face a maximum of 124 years in federal prison.
“We look forward to defending the fraud charges,” Ed Robinson, Boyd’s attorney said, according to the Los Angeles Times, adding that his client was aware of the investigation and is cooperating with federal authorities.
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