Former US Customs & Border Protection Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

By WHAG News

Published 06/18 2014 04:04PM

Updated 06/18 2014 04:10PM

WHAG NEWS - The former Acting Director of the Tactical Operations Division for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection pleaded guilty to misusing his government-issued credit card at a West Virginia casino, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. 

United States Attorney Williams J. Ihlenfeld II announced that Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettesville, Va., entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud in federal court in Martinsburg. 

Protogiannis admitted that he used his official government credit card to obtain cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia. Officials say the total amount of cash withdrawn at the casino was $115,853.55. 

Court officials say Protogiannis faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. They say the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the criminal history of the defendant. 

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