TECH mogul John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell at a prison in Barcelona, Spain on June 23, 2021.
McAfee’s death was shocking as Spain had just agreed to extradite him to the US for economic crimes.
Why was John McAfee in prison?
John McAfee, 75, was in prison after being arrested at El Prat Airport in Spain on October 3, 2020.
Spanish officials arrested him on behalf of the US Department of Justice.
He was accused of not paying taxes for four years despite making millions from consulting work, speaking engagements, cryptocurrency and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.
The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that he evaded paying his Tennessee state taxes by depositing his earnings in bank accounts and cryptocurrency accounts on behalf of other people.
He is also said to have concealed assets, including a yacht and real estate, which were also deposited under someone else’s name.
The tax-related criminal charges meant he could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
The day after his arrest in October 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed a separate complaint alleging he had lured humble Twitter users into a cryptocurrency scheme.
He, along with his bodyguard, reportedly made more than $13 million from the fraud, for which he was later charged.
In a hearing held via video link, McAfee argued that the charges against him were politically motivated and said he would spend the rest of his life in prison if returned to the United States.
Has John McAfee ever been charged?
In March 2021, McAfee and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson Jr. were charged with a plot to allegedly exploit McAfee’s mass Twitter following.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the pair allegedly publicly touted offerings for cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, which they later sold as prices rose at the promotions.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said McAfee, Watson and other members of the “cryptocurrency team” allegedly won more than $13 million from investors “who bullied them with their fraudulent schemes.”
At the time, McAfee was being held in Spain for the aforementioned criminal charges filed by the Department of Justice’s Tax Department.
Watson, a senior advisor to McAfee’s so-called cryptocurrency team, has been arrested, the Justice Department confirmed.
Strauss said, “As claimed, McAfee and Watson have exploited a widespread social media platform and investor enthusiasm in the burgeoning cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception.”
She added, “The defendants allegedly used McAfee’s Twitter account to post messages to hundreds of thousands of his Twitter followers promoting various cryptocurrencies through false and misleading statements in order to hide their true, self-serving motives.”
What was the cause of John McAfee’s death?
McAfee reportedly took his own life and hanged himself in prison in Barcelona, Spain.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, prison staff attempted to revive McAfee but were unsuccessful.
Reports of McAfee’s death came hours after Spain’s national court approved his extradition to the United States.
However, McAfee could have appealed the extradition.
McAfee’s death has raised questions from his fanbase on social media, after the tech mogul tweeted back in 2019, “If I were to kill myself I wouldn’t have done it. I was flashed. Check my right arm.”
A tattoo on his arm reads $whackd, indicating he was murdered.
Is there a documentary coming out about McAfee?
Netflix announced in July 2022 that it was releasing a new documentary about McAfee, which is expected to be released on August 24, 2022.
The documentary, titled Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee, follows McAfee’s life after technology, including his time on the run from authorities in the Caribbean and other countries.
All McAfee footage is authentic.
The late software inventor’s film comes from filmmakers he hired to sail with him across the Caribbean and across international borders in hopes of one day telling his story to the world.
According to Deadline, “With exclusive access to hundreds of hours of previously unreleased footage and in-depth accounts from those who knew him best, the documentary follows McAfee on his journey deep into the Belizean rainforest, across international borders, upriver into the jungle of Guatemala and through the Bahamas on a boat laden with guns, drugs and alcohol to stay one step ahead of suspected pursuers.”
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