John McAfee extradited from Spain to U.S. for allegedly evading taxes

John McAfee extradited from Spain to U.S. for allegedly evading taxes

According to a Wednesday report from Spanish global news agency EFE, John McAfee has been found dead in his prison cell at the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center.

McAfee, 75, who was a household name in computer security software, faced securities fraud charges and extradition to the U.S.at the time of his death.

McAfee has been in jail in Spain since he was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020, just as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.

Two leading Spanish outlets, El Mundo and El Pais reported that the U.S. entrepreneur has been found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona. The reports indicate that authorities believe he committed suicide, but the cause of death has not been officially determined. Any final extradition order would also need to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

A controversial figure, Mr McAfee's company released the first commercial anti-virus software.

McAfee was charged last October in Tennessee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consulting work, made speaking engagements and sold the rights to his life story for a documentary. McAfee was awaiting extradition in a Spanish prison after being charged with tax evasion in the United States past year.

The last post from McAfee's Twitter account was a retweet of a Father's Day message from his wife Janice McAfee.

The Spanish court decision only referred to offences that took place between 2016 and 2018.

U.S. authorities also accused McAfee and his bodyguard, Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., of exploiting McAfee's large Twitter following to artificially inflate prices of obscure cryptocurrencies through a so-called pump-and-dump scheme, and concealing payments McAfee received from startup businesses to promote initial coin offerings.

"My remaining assets are all seized". "I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing", he said.

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