Former High-Ranking FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Concealing Info from FBI

Former FBI Agent Charles McGonigal

By Steve Neavling

The former high-ranking FBI agent accused of working for a Russian oligarch and conspiring to commit money laundering pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of concealing information from the bureau. 

Charles F. McGonigal acknowledged he had failed to disclose he received $225,000 in cash from a person who had business interests in Europe while the former special agent was supervising counterintelligence efforts, the Justice Department said in a news release

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly set sentencing for Feb. 16.

From August 2017 to September 2018, McGonigal is accused of concealing the information from the bureau about his relationship with the former foreign security officer. 

McGonigal, the former head of the counterintelligence of the FBI’s New York Field Office, faces up to five years in prison. 

Last month, McGonigal pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and laundering payments from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. 

McGonigal, 54, was charged in January with money laundering, violating sanctions against Russia while working with an oligarch, and taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a foreign national and foreign intelligence official. 

McGonigal retired from the bureau in 2018. 

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