Ex-FBI official arrested for alleged money laundering and work with Russian oligarch

Federal prosecutors say the former head of counterintelligence for the FBI’s New York office laundered money, violated sanctions against Russia while working with a Russian

oligarch and while still at the FBI took hundreds of thousands of dollars from a foreign national and former foreign intelligence official. Charles McGonigal, 55, was

arrested on Saturday after arriving at JFK airport in New York on a flight from the Middle East. A case filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that while

serving as Special Agent in Charge of FBI counterintelligence efforts in the New York office, McGonigal took $225,000 in cash from an individual with business interests in Europe

who had been an employee of a foreign intelligence service. From August 2017 through his retirement in September 2018, McGonigal allegedly concealed his relationship with

this former foreign security officer from the FBI. He allegedly requested and received cash from the individual and traveled abroad with the individual. “Mr. McGonigal

betrayed his solemn oath to the United States in exchange for personal gain and at the expense of our national security,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Donald

Alway.  Federal prosecutors in New York allege that after his 2018 retirement from the FBI, McGonigal worked with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Deripaska associate Sergey

Shestakov, and a third person to investigate a rival Russian oligarch in return for payments from Deripaska. According to prosecutors, McGonigal, Shestakov and the third

person tried to conceal Deripaska’s involvement through shell companies, forged signatures and other means.