John McAfee, the antivirus software entrepreneur, has allegedly committed suicide and was found dead in his cell in Spain. John Mcfree created the popular Mcafee software in 1988 and made a fortune from the software.
Since making a fortune in the 1988 with the software that still bears his name, McAfee had engaged in increasingly erratic behaviour, most recently as a self-styled cryptocurrency guru claiming to make $2,000 a day.
The creator of the McAfee antivirus software was arrested last October at Barcelona International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul. john mcafee was arrested due to tax related offences.
The arrest of the entrepreneur came a day after authorities made public, a US indictment stemming from alleged tax offences. Tennessee prosecutors had charged McAfee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.
Earlier on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Spain’s highest court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States, although the decision could be appealed and the extradition would have had to be approved by the Spanish cabinet.
A few hours after the spanish supreme court approved his extradition to the United States, where he was wanted on tax-related criminal charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Investigations are still going on to find any trace of murder although McAfee’s lawyer also confirmed the alleged suicide when he told Reuters on Wednesday evening that McAfee had apparently hanged himself in his prison cell.
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