Ex-FBI Special Agent McGonigal Receives 28-Month Prison Term for Undisclosed Cash Receipt Linked to Albanian Government

Ex-FBI Special Agent McGonigal Receives 28-Month Prison Term for Undisclosed Cash Receipt Linked to Albanian Government

Former FBI Special Agent Charles F. McGonigal, 55, who previously served as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office, faced sentencing today, receiving a 28-month prison term followed by three years of supervised release.

The sentence stems from McGonigal’s undisclosed receipt of $225,000 in cash from an individual associated with the Albanian government.

McGonigal pleaded guilty on September 22, 2023, to concealing material facts.

Interference with Justice

The court found that McGonigal’s actions involved substantial interference with the administration of justice.

During his tenure overseeing counterintelligence and national security matters, McGonigal concealed his relationship with a former foreign security officer and businessperson, who had ongoing interests abroad.

The former FBI agent hid financial dealings, including receiving cash and participating in international travel to further private business interests.

Arrest and Indictment

McGonigal was arrested on January 21, 2023, at J.F.K. International Airport in New York and simultaneously indicted by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of New York.

Notably, in a separate case, McGonigal was sentenced in December 2023 to 50 months in prison and fined $40,000 for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and committing money laundering.

Prosecution and Investigation

The announcement of McGonigal’s sentencing was made by Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia, Assistant Director in Charge Donald Alway of the Los Angeles Field Office, and Assistant Director in Charge David Sundberg of the FBI Washington Field Office.

The case was investigated by the FBI Los Angeles and Washington Field Offices.

Legal Proceedings

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Aloi and Stuart D. Allen, along with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Friedman for the District of Columbia, prosecuted the case.

They received assistance from Deputy Chief Evan N. Turgeon of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs.

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