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A Spanish court had just approved the extradition of John McAfee to the United States, where he was wanted for tax evasion
BREAKING: John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in a Spanish prison hours after a court approved his extradition to the U.S. https://t.co/VMaghoSR3r
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John McAfee, the eccentric antivirus software pioneer, was found dead in a Spanish prison on Wednesday, according to the BBC, Associated Press and Reuters.
His death came just hours after a national court approved the 75-year-old cybersecurity tycoon’s extradition to the United States, where he was charged with tax evasion. McAfee generated millions in revenue from promoting cryptocurrencies, advising, lecturing, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary, AP reports.
In a statement, the Catalan Justice Ministry said his death appeared to be a suicide, according to Reuters.
McAfee was arrested at an airport in Barcelona in October and, according to the AP, was on pre-trial detention pending the extradition matter.
According to the indictment, McAfee “allegedly failed to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 despite generating significant income from these sources.” He also allegedly tried to evade the IRS by hiding assets, including real estate, a vehicle and a yacht, on behalf of others, according to the indictment.
If convicted, McAfee faced a maximum of five years in prison for tax evasion and a maximum of one year in prison for intentional failure to file a tax return.
McAfee was on the run from the police in 2012 after his Belize neighbor, Gregory Faull, a retired contractor who came into the country from Florida, was found fatally shot. McAfee was later arrested in Guatemala on charges of illegally entering that country.
McAfee argued in court that he had formally sought asylum in Guatemala because he was being persecuted in Belize for the fatal shooting of the contractor, the AP reported.
In 2019, Zac Efron committed to star in a biopic about McAfee called King of the Jungle. The story centers on a journalist who travels to Belize to interview McAfee and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, becomes entangled in the life of the eccentric millionaire.