Ex-Homeland Security supervisor facing charges - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

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

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man and woman arrested for making meth with babies in the house

    Man and woman arrested for making meth with babies in the house

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:37:47 GMT
    Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, when it was discovered they were making meth with 2 babies in the house. Deputy Horn told us the children are 7 and 18 months old.
    Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, when it was discovered they were making meth with 2 babies in the house. Deputy Horn told us the children are 7 and 18 months old.
  • How long should delays last as the Northbound lanes close at the East River Mountain Tunnel?

    How long should delays last as the Northbound lanes close at the East River Mountain Tunnel?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:19:48 GMT
    Officials warn drivers to expect heavy delays Tuesday night and Wednesday night as the Northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel close down for repairs.
    Officials warn drivers to expect heavy delays Tuesday night and Wednesday night as the Northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel close down for repairs.
  • Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:19:19 GMT
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.

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.