IF his last name rings a bell it should! John created the world known “Antivirus software” McAfee reports are he was found dead in a Spanish prison cell. Cause of death? Suspected suicide… This was after he was cleared to be extradited to the United States Wednesday, according to various reports. McAfee was facing charges of tax evasion and securities fraud and was being held in prison, pending extradition to the US, after being arrested in October 2020. John McAfee was an aspiring Libertarian politician , who ran two long-shots bids for president in 2016 and 2020, fooled the Internal Revenue Service by having the money deposited into the bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts of other people, according to federal prosecutors in Tennessee.
In March, he and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson Jr. were slapped with new charges in federal court. He was in Manhattan for charges but was arrested in Texas. He’s still fighting the charges against him.. The pair was accused of running a $2 million pump-and-dump scheme of cryptocurrency through McAfee’s Twitter account in 2017 and 2018. Prosecutors said the suspects used the platform to promote different cryptocurrencies “through false and misleading statements” and then sold their stake in those digital tokens once prices rose, raking in more than $13 million. They were also accused of promoting cryptocurrencies on Twitter without revealing they were being paid to do so.
McAfee was also arrested in the Dominican Republic in 2019 after he and five other people were accused of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear. He was released after four days in custody. McAfee was also investigated in connection with the murder of a neighbor in Belize. He then fled that country, was eventually arrested in Guatemala and was set to be extradited, but he was released after suffering two small heart attacks which he later claimed he had faked. Just days ago, McAfee posted a defying message on his Twitter account challenging the charges against him.
“The US believes I have hidden crypto,” the June 16 post reads. “I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.”