Examples of Public Corruption Investigations - Fiscal Year 2017
The following examples of Public Corruption Investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where the cases were prosecuted.
Former State Senator Ronald Calderon Sentenced for Receiving Over $150,000 in Bribes
On October 21, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, former California State Senator Ronald S. Calderon, of Montebello, was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge and admitting that he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official acts as a legislator. He was further ordered to serve 150 hours of community service. Ron Calderon pleaded guilty in June to one count of mail fraud through the deprivation of honest services. In a plea agreement filed in this case, Ron Calderon admitted accepting bribe payments from the owner of a Long Beach hospital who wanted a law to remain in effect so he could continue to reap tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits from a health care fraud scheme. Ron Calderon also admitted taking bribes from undercover FBI agents who were posing as independent filmmakers who wanted changes to California’s Film Tax Credit program. Ron Calderon’s brother, Thomas M. Calderon, also of Montebello, a former member of the California State Assembly who became a political consultant, was sentenced last month to 10 months in custody for his conviction on a money laundering charge for allowing bribe money earmarked for his brother to be funneled through his company.
Former Chief of Los Angeles Port Police Sentenced to Prison for False Statement and Tax Evasion Charges Related to Corruption Case
On October 11, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, Ronald Jerome Boyd, former Port of Los Angeles Chief of Police was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $305,054 in restitution. Boyd pleaded guilty on February 3, 2016, to tax evasion and making a false statement to FBI Agents who were investigating his acceptance of a bribe in connection with the development of an official smart phone app to be marketed to other law enforcement agencies. Boyd admitted to lying to federal investigators about a scheme related to a smart phone app called Portwatch, which was developed to provide information to the public and to allow citizens to report criminal activity at the port. In 2011, Boyd and two business partners formed BDB Digital Communications, a company that entered into a revenue-sharing agreement with the company developing Portwatch. The parties involved with BDB intended to generate revenues by marketing and selling a similar app – called Metrowatch – to other government agencies. Boyd was set to receive approximately 13.33 percent of all gross revenues generated by the sale of the Metrowatch application. Boyd also pleaded guilty to tax evasion in relation to his personal income tax return for 2011. Boyd admitted receiving income from a security business he operated, At Close Range. The income came from the owner of a company doing business with the Port, American Guard Services, and Boyd admitted that he failed to report that income on his personal income tax returns for years 2007 through 2011. Additionally, Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to file a 2011 tax return for At Close Range.