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"I knew it was wrong," admits McGonigal: I worked to put people on the US sanctions list

"I knew it was wrong," admits McGonigal: I worked to put people on the

Former FBI counterintelligence agent Charles McGonigal has pleaded guilty to charges related to his work with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

This case has shocked the FBI, where McGonigal, also described as a friend of Prime Minister Edi Rama, has been investigating Russian operations for many years.

According to the American media Inner City Press, in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, a charge was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave against the former FBI agent, McGonigal, for helping the Russian oligarch Deripaska in violation of US sanctions and money laundering.

He has admitted to working to put people on the US sanctions list.

“I agreed to collect open source information about a business competitor of Oleg Deripaska in an effort to place him on the US sanctions list. I knew it was wrong. I want to thank you for treating me fairly," McGonigal said.

McGonigal was initially indicted by a grand jury on money laundering and US sanctions violations.

Prosecutors have suspected that McGonigal and a former Russian diplomat were paid more than $200,000 to do work for Deripaskan, a wealthy Russian tycoon who is considered a Kremlin insider.

Deripaska was sanctioned by the US Department of Commerce in 2018.


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