American Magnate John McAfee Found Dead In His Prison Cell

John Mcafee

According to Spanish-language publications El Mundo and El Pais, police found McAfee dead in the Barcelona prison cell where he was awaiting extradition to the US.

Earlier, the Spanish National Court ruled in favor of extraditing John McAfee, the founder of the McAfee antivirus software, to the USA over tax-related criminal charges that were filed by prosecutors in Tennessee.

USA federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment in October against McAfee over charges that he evaded taxes and wilfully failed to file returns.

The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged under former President Trump's term in the White House, speculated that the former president was waging a secret war against a global cabal of cannibalistic, Satan-worshipping pedophiles. The provincial justice department confirmed that a USA man aged 75 was found dead in his cell on Wednesday.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona's worldwide airport.

The Spanish court authorized the extradition but only to face charges related to his tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018 as the prosecution had asked.

McAfee still had opportunities to appeal his conviction but could not stand more time in jail, the lawyer Javier Villalba said.

An indictment filed by prosecutors in Tennessee and later publicly released by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in October 2020 alleges that McAfee attempted to "evade" the US Internal Revenue Service by "concealing" assets, such as real estate property and a yacht, by placing them in the name of "others". A millionaire who doesn't want to pay taxes, ' Bautista said.

An investigation into his death is underway, but the report states that all signs point to suicide.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also sued McAfee for allegedly being paid to promote "worthless" initial coin offerings (ICO) on social media.

The statement didn't identify McAfee by name, but said he was a 75-year-old USA citizen awaiting extradition to his country.

In October 2020, he was arrested in Spain, and accused of failing to file tax returns for four years, despite earning millions from consulting work, speaking engagements, crypto-currencies and selling the rights to his life story.



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