John McAfee committed suicide in a Spanish prison, while waiting a court decision about whether he’d be extradited to the United States on tax evasion charges.
The news was announced by his lawyer, Javier Villalba.
A month ago McAfee pled his case in front of the Spanish court, and expressed fears that if he’s found guilty in the US he’d spend the rest of his life in prison. “I am hoping that the Spanish court will see the injustice of this. The United States wants to use me as an example”, he said.
McAfee left the US in 2019 after saying he’s not paid income taxes for eight years for “ideological reasons”, then lived on a mega yacht. He was arrested in Spain in October 2020, while attempting to board a plane to Istanbul with a British passport.
McAfee has been the center of controversy for a while now – in 2021 he was a fugitive in Belize and was arrested in Guatemala in connection to a murder investigation, though he was later released.
He started promoting cryptocurrencies in 2016 on Twitter to his 1 million followers. He was allegedly charging 105,000 USD per tweet to promote ICOs. Subsequently SEC accused him of fraud and money laundering for this activity.
At the same time Tennessee and NY prosecutors indicted him on charges of tax evasion and crypto fraud. According to the charges, McAfee owed the US government some 4,214,105 USD in taxes between 2014 to 2018.
On top of everything else, McAfee allegedly offered to help Cuba avoid the US trade embargo through the use of cryptocurrency.
Before he launched his anti-virus program, McAfee also worked for NASA, Xerox and Lockheed Martin and attempted to run for US president as a libertarian.
He sure lived a very colourful life. It’s unfortunate it ended so sadly.