Fmr FBI Official Admits Hiding Foreign Payments

Former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official Charles McGonigal has entered a guilty plea, admitting to concealing his interactions with foreign officials and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a former operative of a foreign intelligence agency.

McGonigal’s guilty plea pertains to a single charge of concealing vital information and carries a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. A sentencing hearing is slated for Feb. 16. In return for his admission of guilt, prosecutors have agreed to seek the dismissal of eight other counts included in the indictment, as reported by CBS News.

The 55-year-old McGonigal, former head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in New York, allegedly accepted funds from a former Albanian intelligence official and businessperson who became a key witness in one of McGonigal’s foreign lobbying cases, reported The Hill.

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