The court "submerges" Charles McGonigal, requests the confiscation of properties. New facts about Agro Neza as well
Klodian Tomorri, MCN Tv
The Grand Jury in the Court of the Southern District of New York has aggravated the positions of Charles McGonigal in the trial on the Russian affair. Even though the Court decided to close the trial for the public, MCN was able to provide the new charges against the former FBI agent, which not only significantly burden his positions, but also reveal new facts about the Albanian-American Agron Neza.
According to the documents, the Grand Jury in New York Court has requested the confiscation of all property, personal belongings and bank accounts of Charles McGonigal, which stem from the payments he received from the Russian oligarch Deripaska. The jury has also decided, in the event that the property is alienated, to seek forfeiture in equal measure in McGonigal's property or other belongings.
This decision of the Grand Jury came after the discovery of new facts about McGonigal's relationship with Deripaska. According to the accusation, the former senior FBI official was aware that he was breaking the law by working for Deripaska, so he tried to hide the payments.
The grand jury says that initially, McGonigal and Shestakov used a New Jersey company to transfer Deripaska's money. The accusation does not mention the name of the owner of the company, calling him only "friend". But now this is no longer a secret, as it has been revealed that the person in question is Agron Neza.
According to the indictment, McGonigal and Shestakov first forged Neza's signature and transferred the money through his company, without the Albanian-American's knowledge. When Neza became aware of these transactions he asked McGonigal why a Russian bank was transferring money to his account? McGonigal replied that these were legitimate payments stemming from a job he was doing for a rich Russian guy.
Neza agreed and decided to transfer the funds from his company to McGonigal's personal account. According to the indictment, it is about a payment of $51,000 made on August 13, 2021 and 4 other monthly payments of $41,790 made during the period August 18-November 18, 2021.
This money was paid by a Russian bank to a company in Cyprus. The Cypriot company then transferred them to Neza's company in New Jersey, and the latter passed them on to McGonigal.
The court says that Neza had allowed McGonigal to participate in the business while the latter was still serving at the FBI. Further still, Neza had provided McGonigal with a company email as well as a phone under a fake name, which McGonigal used to hide the work he did for Neza's company while at the FBI.
The new grand jury indictments weigh heavily on McGonigal, who is now charged with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, money laundering and perjury. For these reasons, the Grand Jury has requested the confiscation of all properties, accounts and personal belongings originating from the secret transfers.