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Former US Customs official pleads guilty to obtaining nearly $117K in cash advances on government-issued credit card

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A former customs official has admitted he used his government-issued credit card to get cash advances at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettsville, Virginia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg to wire fraud.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Protogiannis, former acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, admitted to U.S. District Court Judge Gina M. Groh that he withdrew nearly $116,000 at the casino.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 at sentencing, though Ihlenfeld said his actual sentence will be based on federal sentencing guidelines and criminal history, if any.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti is handling the case, which was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.