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McAfee antivirus creator found dead

McAfee antivirus creator found dead

John McAfee, 75, could have been extradited to the US, where he could have been jailed for tax evasion and concealing income.

John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee computer antivirus, was found dead in a Spanish prison where he was being held on U.S. warrants.

This is reported by the Spanish edition of El Diario.

Citing their own sources, journalists write that the body of IT-magnate was found in the prison “Bryans 2”, located in the municipality of Sant Esteve Cesrovires.

No cause of death was given for the 75-year-old McAfee, but on the eve of the tragedy, the National Court of Barcelona approved the man’s extradition to the United States.

“All indications are that the death could have been the result of suicide,” the Ministry of Justice of the Generalitat de Catalunya said.

U.S. justice sought the man’s extradition on charges of tax evasion and concealment of income in 2016-2018. Investigators estimated that he underpaid the treasury by about 4 million dollars. At home, he faced up to 10 years in prison.

McAfee himself called his prosecution political and claimed to have paid “millions of dollars in taxes.”

John McAfee was arrested in October 2020 while trying to fly from Barcelona airport to Istanbul. He has been in pre-trial detention since then. He told local media that “life in Spanish prisons is like a Hilton compared to the despicable surrealism and dehumanization in American prisons.”

In addition to America, the man was also wanted in Belize for his suspected involvement in the murder of another American, Gregory Fall, who lived next door. They even wanted to make a movie about the eccentric developer, starring Johnny Depp.



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