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McAfee software developer arrested in Spain – US charges

The software developer John McAfee faces years imprisonment in the US for allegations of tax evasion and unfair advertising for cryptocurrencies. Both the SEC and the Justice Department announced on Monday (local time) in Washington that they had brought charges. The 75-year-old was arrested in Spain and should be extradited to the United States.

The Justice Department plans to prosecute McAfee for tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns. The SEC accuses the pioneer of antivirus software, among other things, of having recommended certain digital currencies without disclosing that he received millions for it from the initiators. In this context, McAfee’s bodyguard was also charged.

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John McAfee’s life is considered adventurous.

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A statement by McAfee was initially not available. The tax offense charge dates back to June but has only just been made public. McAfee founded the anti-virus software company named after him, McAfee, in the 80s, from which he retired in the 90s. This is now striving back to the stock exchange.

In 2012, McAfee made headlines around the world when he was searched for following the murder of his neighbor in Belize. After an adventurous escape through the jungle, he returned to the USA and has meanwhile also registered as a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. McAfee ran again this year, but ended its campaign again in March.


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