Published: Thu, June 24, 2021
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McAfee found dead in cell after Spanish court allows extradition

McAfee found dead in cell after Spanish court allows extradition

John McAfee, the founder of the famous antivirus software McAfee and the extravagant tech mogul, has been found dead on his cell in Barcelona, Spain, according to sources quoted by El País.

Prosecutors in the U.S. state of Tennessee had charged the 75-year-old with evading taxes after allegedly failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work.

The Spanish court decision only referred to offences that took place between 2016 and 2018. In October 2020, authorities arrested McAfee at Barcelona's worldwide airport, detaining him until a decision on extradition could be reached.

He had linked the charges filed by the Internal Revenue Service to his failed bid to run as a Libertarian Party candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, a second such attempt.

"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'.

In Washington, the IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He twice ran long-shot bids for USA president and was a participant in Libertarian Party presidential debates in 2016.

Mr McAfee's death came after he received the news Wednesday that his extradition to the USA had been granted, where he was set to face charges of tax evasion. He claimed he has paid millions in dollar as taxes to U.S. govt. McAfee was awaiting extradition in a Spanish prison after being charged with tax evasion in the United States past year.

Federal prosecutors in NY, where McAfee had been charged with securities fraud, declined ABC News' request for comment shortly after the news broke.

In a statement obtained by Reuters news agency, the Catalan justice department said "everything points" to suicide.

Separately, he was also charged by the US SEC for fraudulently promoting initial coin offerings.

He said in 2019 that he had not paid USA income taxes for eight years for ideological reasons.

Watson was arrested in Texas in October.

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