Software pioneer McAfee dead in Spanish cell

British American software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his cell in Barcelona. According to the Justice of the Region of Catalonia, everything suggests that it can be suicide. A few hours earlier, Spanish judges had determined that McAfee (75) should be extradited to the United States. He was arrested in Barcelona in October on suspicion of tax evasion and has since been stuck pending extradition.

U.S. Justice says McAfee, who founded the well-known antivirus company McAfee in the 1980s, did not make tax returns from 2014 to 2018. He would also have withheld property, including real estate, a yacht and a car. In those years McAfee would have made millions of dollars.

According to McAfee, the allegations were politically motivated because they would have to deal with his political ambitions. McAfee argued that the tax authorities started a case against him because he announced that he wanted to take part in the US presidential election for the second time two months earlier. He also said he was going to deal with the tax authorities.

Thirty years

If McAfee was sentenced in the US for all charges he was suspected of, he could have received up to thirty years in prison.

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