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Antivirus pioneer John McAfee charged with tax evasion and arrested in Spain

This is yet another twist in John McAfee's long and torturous legal history. The founder of antivirus McAfee, and one of the most famous figures in the industry of new technologies, has been arrested in Spain and charged by the American justice, announced Monday (October 5th) the American justice.

John McAfee, an American citizen residing in Tennessee, is charged with tax evasion. According to the press release from the Justice Department, he “Won millions” dollars in “Promoting cryptocurrencies, but also as a consultant, giving lectures [rémunérées], and by selling the rights to his biography for a documentary ”. Except that, according to American justice, John McAfee did not declare these revenues to the tax authorities between 2014 and 2018. He is notably accused of having made them transit on behalf of a third party to avoid having to have them. declare itself.

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According to the indictment, issued in June but made public on Monday (October 5), John McAfee faces up to 30 years in prison and heavy fines if found guilty in court.

A long judicial past

John McAfee's name came to prominence thanks to the McAfee antivirus, which he designed and marketed with McAfee Associates, founded in 1987. In the 1990s, he left the company and sold all of its shares.

Since then, he has continued to work in the new technologies sector, launching businesses and applications, but also getting paid as a consultant. More recently, according to a US Stock Exchange Constable's document released in May, he made more than $ 23.1 million promoting cryptocurrency between 2017 and 2018.

Since leaving McAfee Associates, his name has been used more often in court cases. The most complex but also the most macabre dates back to 2012. While living in Belize, John McAfee fled to Guatemala after the death of his neighbor, killed with a gun. He has always denied his involvement, but was arrested in Guatemala, then eventually deported to the United States. The case has never been cleared up to date by the courts, let alone tried in a criminal court. However, it was brought to civilian life in the United States, where John McAfee was sued by the victim's family. As Mr McAfee refused to defend himself or respond in court, he was, by default, found legally responsible for the death of his neighbor and fined $ 25 million.

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