Ex-FBI official gets over 2 years in prison for receiving $225,000 tied to Albania

Former FBI counterintelligence official, Charles McGonigal, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for accepting money linked to Albania and trying to conceal their financial relationship.

Corruption Verdict: McGonigal, who oversaw national security operations for the FBI in New York, received around $225,000 in 2017 from a businessman associated with the Albanian government.
* U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sentenced McGonigal to two years and four months in prison, to be served consecutively to a 50-month prison sentence for a separate case, totaling six years and six months.

Previous Conviction: McGonigal was already sentenced to four years and two months for conspiring to violate Russian sanctions by working for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whom he once investigated.
* This sentence will be served before the one related to his Albanian dealings.

Unseen Impact: Due to his crimes, the FBI had to review many investigations that McGonigal worked on to see if they were compromised.
* Prosecutors stated his lack of credibility could jeopardize all the cases he worked on within the bureau.

What They’re Saying: McGonigal expressed remorse for his actions, acknowledging that he had betrayed the trust of his loved ones and stating that he will work to regain this trust.
* His defense argued that he had not betrayed his country, but merely broke the law.
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