Hours after Spanish Court approved the extradition of John McAfee to US, the creator of Antivirus was found dead in his Brians 2 prison cell.
The U.S. government had been seeking McAfee's extradition for charges including failing to submit tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and allegedly not reporting income related to pushing crypto projects and consulting work.
McAfee was wanted in the U.S. on tax-related criminal charges that could have carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.More news: Barnaby Joyce Reclaims Nationals Party After Leadership Spill
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McAfee led an eccentric life after he sold his stake in the antivirus software company named after him in the early 1990s. Still, Spanish authorities managed to arrest him and considered the now-defunct entrepreneur as a person with a high risk to escape.
The charges covered three fiscal years from 2016 through 2018, according to the Spanish court ruling on Wednesday. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition. "I am hoping that the Spanish court will see the injustice of this", he said, adding "the United States wants to use me as an example".More news: Tropical depression Claudette continues with heavy rain in southeast region, NHC says
In Washington, the IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He also was charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in NY. She said the cause of death is under investigation.
Separately, he was also charged by the US SEC for fraudulently promoting initial coin offerings. The charges were brought in Manhattan federal court.
That came shortly after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it had brought civil charges against McAfee, alleging he made over US$23.1 million in undisclosed income from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.More news: Hong Kong Police Arrest Newspaper Officials Under National Security Law
Lawyers for McAfee could not immediately be identified. Last year, he was arrested in the country after United States prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging McAfee with tax evasion.