Death of John McAfee: the creator of an antivirus software found dead in a Spanish prison cell
Computer genius John McAfee was found dead in his Spanish prison cell this afternoon, according to the Catalan justice department.
The 75-year-old, best known for founding software company McAfee Associates, was discovered in his cell at Brians 2 prison in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Catalonia, near Barcelona.
Security personnel tried to resuscitate him, but the medical team eventually had to certify his death.
The Justice Department believes Mr McAfee’s death could have been suicide.
Hours earlier, a Spanish court had issued a preliminary ruling in favor of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.
He had been taken into custody after being held under an international arrest warrant last October when he was arrested at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport as he was about to board a plane to Turkey.
McAfee has been charged in the US state of Tennessee with tax evasion after allegedly failing to report income generated from promoting cryptocurrency while doing advisory work.
The tax evasion charges were also linked to the work he did at conferences and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.
At an extradition hearing earlier this month, the founder of the antivirus claimed the charges against him were political.
He linked accusations filed by the Internal Revenue Service to his failed bid to run as the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a second such attempt.
Spanish prosecutor Carlos Bautista said McAfee was just a tax evader and dismissed the politically motivated charge, insisting that the Libertarian Party rarely wins more than 1% of the vote in US elections.
U.S. federal prosecutors filed an indictment against Mr. McAfee in October.
This came shortly after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission said it had taken civil lawsuits against McAfee, alleging he generated more than $ 23.1 million in undisclosed revenue. thanks to false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.
The Spanish court allowed the extradition, but only to face charges related to his tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018, as requested by the prosecution.
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