Former FBI counterintelligence chief William D. “Bill” McGonigal pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to receive illegal payments from an unidentified foreign source. According to court records, McGonigal admitted to participating in a plot to solicit and receive payments in exchange for providing confidential information about members of the former Soviet Union to an individual not authorized to possess such information. He also admitted to lying to FBI agents about the payments he received. The plea agreement carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000. McGonigal is expected to be sentenced later this month.