Travis Raymond Wilson, Local Ex-FBI Official, Guilty of Hiding Deposits of Gambling Winnings

A former FBI official who resides in Huntington Beach pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank transactions to keep his employers from knowing about his gambling winnings at casinos in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia.

Travis Raymond Wilson, 38, accepted a plea deal that had him copping to violating the federal Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Tuesday.

You probably know that bank deposits of $10,000 generate Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) that are filed with the U.S. Department of Treasury and made available to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. What you may not know is making cash deposits of $10,000 or less to purposely avoid a financial institution from filing CTRs is a federal crime known as structuring transactions. That's what Wilson pleaded guilty to doing.

He was most recently a supervisory special agent in the FBI Long Beach Resident Office of the Los Angeles Field Office and before that a special agent assigned to the Fresno Resident Agency of the Sacramento Field Office. The case against him went through the federal courthouse in Fresno.

According to court documents, Wilson between January 2008 and February of this year regularly gambled at casinos in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia--and frequently left with more than $10,000 in cash winnings. He admitted to structuring more than $488,000 in cash into his bank account over that time period to prevent CTRs from being filed because he did want not the FBI to become aware of his gambling.

"Agent Wilson was well aware of the CTR requirement, and engaged in a pattern of transactions intended to circumvent the reporting of cash transactions under the Bank Secrecy Act," Wagner said in a statement. "It is particularly important that federal law enforcement agents be faithful to the letter and spirit of federal law."

Wilson's transactions eventually raised suspicions within the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation division, which was joined by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and the Central California Financial Crimes Task Force in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant B. Rabenn prosecuted the case.

The ex-agent is scheduled to go before U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii on March 3, when Wilson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Ishii can tweak the sentence based on several factors, including Wilson's guilty plea.

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18usc241 topcommenter

Still wondering if Stan Knee, Brad Gates, Randall Gaston and friends had help from FBI friends when they entered into a conspiracy to harass the crap out of me. Reaching out to the Los Angeles division of the FBI early last year resulted in no help - but not before insulting me and then insulting my intelligence.

ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241 Give us a break, are you still running around and whining about your misadventures with law enforcement?  Stick to the topic at hand, stupid FBI Agent, hiding gambling winnings and spare us your self-pity.  On the topic, the guy must have been a hell of a gambler to be walking away from the casinos with that kind of change. Based on a plea bargain, Wilson is not likely to do more than a year in Club Fed for his acts.  Not a bad salary if you pencil out the numbers.     

18usc241 topcommenter

Wow, almost sounds like you are condoning this idiots behavior - so crime pays Mr. Law and Integrity?

I would respect you and your brethren more if you just admitted that you break the law and believe you are entitled to - I mean that's how you really feel about it.

18usc241 topcommenter

Yep you're just another angelic cop. Like all the others except for one or two right? LOL

Thanks for backing Orange County Sheriffs deputy Montoya. Like a broken clock that is correct twice a day, you were correct on that one.

And by the way, an Asian American OC sheriffs deputy last week threatened that I would be hospitalized. Verbally said this to me. And this is why Sandra Hutchens and the rest of Orange County CA law enforcement leadership will be known worldwide as the Mafia Trash piece of garbage that it is.

Merry Christmas

ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241 Hey genius, does calling him "stupid" sound like I condone what he did?  You are right however, with our screwed up Justice System and revolving door Corrections System, one can no longer say, "Crime Doesn't Pay."  It pays quite well for some and things are great, that is until they get caught. Then they get a slap on the wrist, like this former FBI guy will do and they ae back to doing it again.  In this specific case, winning the money was not the problem, but taking steps to launder and not pay taxes is what got him in the brown stuff.  Can't imagine a Federal Agent not knowing about banking laws and what gets reported to IRS.  In the end, Justice for him will be a short stay at Club Fed time in Lompac.  For your information and I speak only for myself, not my brethren.  I have never broken the law, violated my oath of office, pay my taxes as owed and don't anticipate any vacations to Club Fed.    

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