Former U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Supervisor Charged with Wire Fraud

- MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been charged with misusing his government-issued credit card at a West Virginia casino. 

Officials with the United State Attorney's Office announced Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettsville, Va., has been indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud. The acts are alleged to have occurred in 2013 when Protogiannis used his official government credit card to obtain cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia. 

The total amount of cash alleged to have been withdrawn at the casino was $115,853. 55, officials say. 

Protogiannis is scheduled to appear in Federal Court in Martinsburg on April 16 at 9:30 a.m. for his initial appearance. He faces up to 20 years in prison along with a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. 

The sentenced imposed will be based upon the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the criminal history of Protogiannis, officials say. 

Protogiannis was the Acting Director of the Tactical Operations Division for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, at the time that these crimes allegedly occurred. 

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