John McAfee, the eccentric tech entrepreneur as famous for his antics as he was for developing the McAfee antivirus software, was reportedly found dead in a jail cell in Barcelona, Spain.
He is alleged to have deliberately failed to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, despite earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story.
Earlier today, a Spanish court ruled McAfee could have been extradited to the United States following approval from the country's Council of Ministers and the opportunity for his legal team to appeal the decision.
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".
"In late 2018, I announced I would run again and I also announced I would target the IRS and its corruption and two months later the IRS filed charged against me", he told Spain's High Court during the first hearing of his extradition trial.
"I believe the charges are politically motivated". A millionaire who doesn't want to pay taxes, ' Bautista said.
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He was about to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, with a British passport.
Spanish authorities arrested McAfee at Barcelona airport in October 2020 following an indictment from U.S. federal prosecutors on allegations of fraud and money laundering, as well as tax evasion charges linked to his failed bid to run as the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 USA presidential election.
USA federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment in October against McAfee over charges that he evaded taxes and willfully failed to file returns. He also was charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in NY.
Separately, he was also charged by the US SEC for fraudulently promoting initial coin offerings.
In a statement obtained by Reuters news agency, the Catalan justice department said "everything points" to suicide.
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