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Ex-Homeland Security supervisor charged with obtaining nearly $116,000 in cash advances with his government-issued credit card

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A former supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been charged with using his government-issued credit card to obtain nearly $116,000 in cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettsville, Va., was indicted on 45-counts of wire fraud. He was serving as acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time of the alleged crimes, Ihlenfeld said

Protogiannis is scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. The actual sentence, however, will be based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the defendant's criminal history.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

Ihlenfeld said anyone with information regarding public corruption in their community should call the West Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 855-WVA-FEDS (1-855-982-3337) or email wvafeds@usdoj.gov.