Fraud Charges
4:03 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Ex-Homeland Security Official Accused of Fraud in W.Va.

Credit hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com

A Virginia man who is a former director of a Homeland Security division has been indicted on charges he used his government-issued credit card to obtain more than $100,000 in cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.
 
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced Monday that 55-year-old Gene Protogiannis of Lovettsville, Va., has been indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud. He says Protogiannis used the government credit card to obtain $115,000 in cash advances in 2013.
 

The government says Protogiannis was the acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of Homeland Security. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on Wednesday.
 
Protogiannis' federal public defender did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.