John McAfee found dead after Spanish court approved extradition for tax crimes

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John McAfee, Co-Founder of McAfee Crypto Team and CEO of Luxcore and Founder of McAfee Antivirus, speaks at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St. Julian’s, Malta on November 1, 2018.

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Eccentric antivirus software company founder John McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on Wednesday, shortly after the Spanish national court approved his extradition to the United States to face criminal tax evasion charges Reuters and Associated Press.

According to the Catalan Ministry of Justice, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo initially reported that 75-year-old McAfee was dead.

El Mundo also reported, citing the Catalan Ministry of Justice, that the prison’s medical workers were trying to resuscitate him. McAfee was being held in Brian’s 2 prison in Catalonia.

McAfee was arrested at Barcelona International Airport last October on tax evasion allegations pending in federal court in Tennessee. Since then he has been in prison in Spain.

According to the indictment, McAfee earned millions in revenue from promoting cryptocurrencies, advising, lecturing, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary film.

“From 2014 to 2018, McAfee allegedly did not file any tax returns, despite having received significant income from these sources,” the US Justice Department said in October.

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McAfee was also charged in federal court in Tennessee in March for failing to report his cryptocurrency mining income.

The Justice Department has said that McAfee and others involved in this so-called scalping program bought large amounts of cheap altcoins in cryptocurrency and then aggressively advertised them online with “false and misleading confirmation tweets” to artificially inflate their market prices.

“The members of the McAfee team have collectively made more than $ 2 million in illicit profits from their altcoin scalping activities,” the Justice Department said earlier this year.

Last week, McAfee tweeted about his criminal case, writing, “The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I had, but it has been dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your conviction is not required) and my remaining assets are all confiscated. “

“My friends disappeared for fear of associations. I have nothing. Nevertheless, I have no regrets,” wrote McAfee in the tweet pinned to the top of his Twitter feed.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged McAfee last October in a civil lawsuit of generating more than $ 23 million in undisclosed revenue from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.

McAfee left the anti-virus software company of the same name that he founded in 1994.

In 2013, he created a mundane spoof video explaining how users can uninstall the software.

In 2019, a Florida federal court sentenced McAfee to more than $ 25 million in damages for the estate of a Florida man named Gregory Faull, who was allegedly murdered in Belize in 2012 on McAfee orders.

Faull owned a property on a beach next to McAfee, whose two dogs were allegedly poisoned by Faull.

McAfee had previously fled Belize and faked a heart attack to return to the United States. He was never charged with Faull’s murder.

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