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


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

Charles McGonigal, who was the special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the FBI’s New York Field Office, is being arrested for his ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire sanctioned by the United States and criminally charged last year with the violation of those sanctions.

McGonigal retired from the FBI in 2018. He was arrested Saturday afternoon after arriving at JFK Airport after traveling through Sri Lanka, the sources said.

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

McGonigal is accused of violating US sanctions by trying to remove Deripaska from the sanctions list.

“The FBI is committed to enforcing economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activity by a foreign government and its actors,” FBI deputy director Michael Driscoll said in a statement. statement. “Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska wield global malicious influence on behalf of the Kremlin and have been linked to acts of bribery, extortion and violence.”

In this June 4, 2021 file photo, Oleg Deripaska listens during a panel session in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Driscoll continued, “As alleged, Mr. McGonigal and Mr. Shestakov, both US citizens, acted on behalf of Deripaska and fraudulently used a US entity to cover up their activities in violation of US sanctions. After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all American citizens to be successful. There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal.”

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Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, was one of two dozen Russians sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2018 as punishment for “the ongoing and increasingly malicious activities of the Russian government around the world,” Treasury Department officials said. The FBI searched his homes in New York and Washington in 2021.

Deripaska, 55, is worth $1.7 billion, according to TBEN’ Billionaires List, though he was worth nearly $7 billion in 2018 — the same year sanctions were introduced by the U.S.

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This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.


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