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    A former top FBI official in New York has been arrested over his ties to a Russian oligarch, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday.

    Former top FBI official Charles McGonigal arrested over ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

    Oleg Deripaska has been sanctioned by the U.S.

    ByLuke Barr, Aaron Katersky, and Alexander Mallin
    January 23, 2023, 11:10 AM
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    Russian billionaire charged with violating US sanctions

    Oleg Deripaska was charged as part of the efforts by the U.S. to crack down on Russian oligarchs. A former top FBI official in New York has been arrested over his ties to a Russian oligarch, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday.

    Charles McGonigal, who was the special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the FBI's New York Field Office, is under arrest over his ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has been sanctioned by the United States and criminally charged last year with violating those sanctions.

    McGonigal retired from the FBI in 2018. He was arrested Saturday afternoon after he arrived at JFK Airport following travel in Sri Lanka, the sources said.
    MORE: FBI searches NYC, DC properties in probe of Russian oligarch with ties to Kremlin

    He was charged along with a court interpreter, Sergey Shestakov, who also worked with Deripaska.

    McGonigal, 54, is charged with violating U.S. sanctions by trying to get Deripaska off the sanctions list. McGonigal is one of the highest ranking former FBI officials ever charged with a crime.

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    McGonigal and Shestakov, who worked for the FBI investigating oligarchs, allegedly agreed in 2021 to investigate a rival Russian oligarch in return for payments from Deripaska, according to the Justice Department. McGonigal and Shestakov are accused of receiving payments through shell companies and forging signatures in order to keep it a secret that Deripaska was paying them.

    Both face money laundering charges in addition to charges for violating sanctions. Each of four counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
    In this June 4, 2021 file photo Oleg Deripaska listens during a panel session in St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE
    "The FBI is committed to the enforcement of economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activities of a foreign government and its actors," FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael Driscoll said in a statement. "Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska perform global malign influence on behalf of the Kremlin and are associated with acts of bribery, extortion, and violence."

    Driscoll continued, "As alleged, Mr. McGonigal and Mr. Shestakov, both U.S. citizens, acted on behalf of Deripaska and fraudulently used a U.S. entity to obscure their activity in violation of U.S. sanctions. After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all U.S. citizens in order to be successful. There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal."

    After leaving the FBI, McGonigal subsequently worked for Deripaska through a law firm representing the Russian oil tycoon.

    He made at least $25,000 working as an "investigator" for the law firm on the Deripaska matter, according to the indictment.

    McGonigal then worked directly for Deripaska, getting an initial payment of $51,000 and then payments of $41,790 each month for three months from August 2021 to November 2021.

    He told friends he was working for "a rich Russian guy," according to the indictment, and stressed his work was legal. In conversations about Deripaska, he would often be referred to by McGonigal and Shestakov as "the big guy" and "you know whom."
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    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., unsealed a separate case Monday against McGonigal on charges he received $225,000 in cash from an individual with business interests in Europe who McGonigal knew was an employee of a foreign intelligence service.

    The nine-count indictment alleges between August 2017 and September 2018, leading up to his retirement from the FBI New York Field Office, McGonigal concealed from the bureau his relationship with this unidentified former foreign intelligence officer all while traveling abroad with the person and meeting foreign nationals. The person is described as an Albanian national who was employed by a Chinese energy conglomerate.

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    The person later "served as an FBI source in a criminal investigation involving foreign political lobbying" over which McGonigal had a supervisory role. In this April 22, 2022 file photo, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seal is shown at the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C.
    Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA via AP, FILE
    A lawyer for McGonigal has not responded to ABC News' request for comment.

    Shestakov, 69, who was living in Morris, Connecticut, also allegedly lied to FBI investigators in November 2021 about his relationship with Deripaska. In addition to the other charges, he has been charged with one count of making false statements.

    Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, was among two dozen Russians sanctioned in 2018 by the Treasury Department as punishment for "the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly malign activities in the world," according to Treasury officials.

    The FBI searched his homes in New York and Washington in 2021.​
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  • #2
    First to fall. I bet he spills beans so fast they will have trouble getting him to shut up. But again this is the FBLie investigating the FBLie.
    "Weapons are part of my religion"


    • #3
      See ya later FemBoy FBY. Enjoy Bubba.


      • #4
        I am shocked, this made the news.


        I was reading an article, stating in sum or substance, that Biden’s sensitive records are getting steam, because it will help get rid of Trump.

        We shall see.
        Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless it's a military clock. The above post was not approved or corrected for grammar and syntax, or checked for spelling by the forums administrators.


        • #5
          Seems like he collected chump change when he's looking at a great pension, consulting work and media gigs. Very sketchy collar.


          • #6
            This a-hole accused ME of working with the Russians while HE was working with the Russians ?

            Last edited by bohica9; 01-23-2023, 05:24 PM.


            • #7
              As I keep saying all 3 letter agencies must be dissolved. They say it’s only the top officials that are the problem - it’s way more then that. Every time there is corruption with them & the investigations it is more then just the top guys.
              ATF are trying to make laws when they are a enforcement agency.
              CIA is involved in so much her in Country which is not in their scope.
              Get rid of them all and start fresh - ok I’m done with my rant for today


              • #8
                Confession by projection. When I hear something accusatory from the Democrats, I just assume they’re speaking about themselves. That’s why revelations like these do not surprise me.


                • #9
                  "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
                  George Orwell


                  • #10
                    I know a couple of retired detectives from the Job doing bodyguard work for these guys - they are flying with the families to the Caribbean - Russia - South America. The money is good but I told them all to be very careful.


                    • #11
                      Trump video response
                      "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
                      George Orwell


                      • #12
                        REVEALED: Top ex-FBI agent arrested for taking Russian money was turned in by his EX-GIRLFRIEND who emailed his boss about their affair and links to Albanian PM - claims she found $80,000 at his apartment and they had sex in government SUV
                        • An angry ex-lover of the FBI's former New York counterintelligence chief claims she tipped the feds off to some of his transgressions before his arrest last week
                        • Charles McGonigal, was part of the FBI probe into Trump campaign's Russia ties, and has been charged with money laundering, lying to the FBI, and taking money
                        • Allison Guerriero said she dated McGonigal for a year during which time he spent lavishly: she also found bag of cash in his apartment
                        "Let's Go Brandon" - Kelli Stavast, NBC news, 10/2/21


                        • #13
                          A spurned lover turned him in. Perfect.


                          • #14
                            The FBI have known about this dirty agent since 2017, why have they indicted him now?
                            “put on the full armor of God” to fight the “destructive agenda of Joe Biden"... Ronald Dion DeSantis, 8/2022


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HAPD View Post
                              A spurned lover turned him in. Perfect.
                              Since she withheld this information while being in a relationship with him, she should also be charged.