Antivirus software program pioneer John McAfee was discovered lifeless in his jail cell in Spain on Wednesday, a jail official mentioned, shortly after a court docket accredited his extradition to the United States the place he was needed for tax evasion.
The 75-year-old was discovered lifeless in his cell within the Brians 2 penitentiary close to Barcelona “apparently from suicide”, a spokeswoman for the jail system within the northeastern Catalonia area mentioned, confirming media studies. She gave no additional particulars.
McAfee has been in jail in Spain since he was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020, simply as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.
He is alleged to have intentionally didn’t file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, regardless of incomes hundreds of thousands from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and promoting the rights to his life story.
If convicted, he may have confronted as much as 30 years in jail.
Spain’s National Court earlier on Wednesday mentioned it had accredited his extradition to the United States.
The resolution may nonetheless have been appealed and the extradition would even have wanted approval from the Spanish cupboard.
According to the US extradition request filed in November and quoted within the ruling, McAfee earned greater than 10 million euros ($12 million) within the 4 years in query, however by no means filed a tax return.
“To conceal his income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service… the defendant ordered part of his income to be paid to straw men and placed property in their names,” it mentioned.
The Spanish court docket resolution solely referred to offences that occurred between 2016 and 2018.
Since making a fortune within the Nineteen Eighties with the antivirus software program that also bears his identify, McAfee had turn out to be a self-styled crypto-currency guru, claiming to make $2,000 a day.
He has multiple million followers on Twitter.
In a tweet on June 16, he mentioned the US authorities believed he had “hidden crypto. I wish I did” he mentioned.
“My remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.”
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