Travis Raymond Wilson, Ex-Local FBI Official, Gets Probation for Hiding Gambling Winnings
The 38-year-old had pleaded guilty in December to structuring financial transactions in violation of the federal Bank Secrecy Act to conceal his sudden financial windfalls.
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. Making cash deposits of less than $10,000 to purposely avoid a CTR is a federal crime known as structuring transactions.
Wilson had made such illegal deposits to avoid having reported his gambling winnings at casinos in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia. He had most recently been 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, where he cut a deal to plead guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act. United States District Court Judge Anthony Ishii sentenced Wilson on Monday.
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