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Va. man pleads guilty in W.Va. fraud case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who is a former director of a Homeland Security division has pleaded guilty to using his government-issued credit card to obtain more than $115,000 in cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that 55-year-old Gene Protogiannis of Lovettsville, Va., pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court in Martinburg. The offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is set for Sept. 22.

According to prosecutors, Protogiannis was the acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of Homeland Security.

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