Former FBI agent Charles McGonigal arrested for Russia sanctions violations
A view of the Jacob Okay. Javits Federal Constructing, the place the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a subject workplace on the twenty third flooring, November 4, 2016 in New York Metropolis.
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The previous prime FBI agent for counterintelligence in New York has been arrested with a former Russian diplomat and charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Russia by offering companies to the oligarch Oleg Deripaska, federal prosecutors introduced Monday.
The ex-agent, Charles McGonigal, is charged in U.S. District Courtroom in Manhattan with one other man, former Soviet and Russian diplomat Sergey Shestakov, in a five-count indictment, which additionally accuses them of cash laundering. The alleged felony acts occurred after McGonigal, 54, retired from the FBI in 2018.
McGonigal individually was charged Monday in federal court docket in Washington, D.C., in reference to accepting $225,000 in money — whereas working on the FBI — from an individual who had enterprise pursuits in Europe who had been an worker of a international intelligence service.
“The person later served as an FBI supply in a felony investigation involving international political lobbying over which McGonigal had official supervisory accountability,” the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Columbia mentioned in a press release.
Within the New York felony case associated to Deripaska, a 21-page indictment in U.S. District Courtroom in Manhattan says McGonigal and Shestakov tried to get sanctions on the oligarch lifted in 2019, a yr after McGonigal retired from the company after 22 years of service.
McGonigal beforehand had investigated Deripaska whereas on the FBI.
McGonigal was arrested Saturday evening at JFK Worldwide Airport in Queens, New York. He and his co-defendant Shestakov, 69, are because of seem in court docket later Monday.
Shestakov most lately labored as an interpreter for federal courts and prosecutors
Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska reacts in entrance of the workplace of Gorkovsky Vehicle Plant (GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia April 16, 2019.
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McGonigal retired from the FBI in 2018. His LinkedIn profile says he presently works as a senior vice chairman at industrial actual property big Brookfield Properties.
The indictment says that in 2021, McGonigal and Shestakov agreed to and did examine a rival Russian oligarch of Deripaska in return for hid funds from Deripaska. These alleged funds violated sanctions that america imposed on Deripaska in 2018, the indictment says.
McGonigal knew his alleged actions violated the sanctions, having obtained what was then-classified details about Deripaska being added to the record of sanctioned oligarchs.
In a press release, U.S. Lawyer Damian Williams mentioned McGonigal and Shestakov “violated U.S. sanctions by agreeing to offer companies to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch.”
“They each beforehand labored with Deripaska to try to have his sanctions eliminated, and, as public servants, they need to have identified higher,” Williams mentioned.
“This Workplace will proceed to prosecute those that violate U.S. sanctions enacted in response to Russian belligerence in Ukraine to be able to line their very own pockets.”