John McAfee, creator of a prominent anti-virus software program, was arrested in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday as he was getting ready to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey. He will be brought back to the United States on tax evasion charges.
At the end of the 1980’s, McAfee was a household name as the creator of one of the most widely-used anti-virus software programs. But the software isn’t the only reason McAfee is famous today.
The eccentric tech billionaire was arrested in August of 2015 for driving under the influence of Xanax while carrying an illegal gun, after being pulled over for driving erratically.
According to the Daily Mail, at the time of his arrest, McAfee was “wanted in Belize for questioning over the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull, 52, in November 2012.” McAfee had fled Belize after the killing, and claimed that officials were attempting to put him in jail for possessing information on corruption within their government.
The Recent Arrest and Charges
McAfee, who was born in the U.K. and is a dual British-American citizen, has been charged by authorities in the U.S. with tax fraud which he allegedly committed between 2014 and 2018. Allegedly, he failed to declare several million dollars in income from his promotion of consultancy services, cryptocurrency, conferences, and the sale of rights to a future documentary about his life.
The Department of Justice, in a public statement, discussed the sealed indictment against McAfee which was filed in June. The statement alleges that McAfee “hid cryptocurrency, a yacht, real estate and other properties in nominee names to evade taxes.”
The 75 year old eccentric billionaire has been eluding authorities since 2009, until the arrest warrant issued by the United States through Interpol led to his capture in Barcelona. He is reportedly being held in “pre-trial detention” in a jail in Barcelona without bail, pending extradition procedures.
The Strange Life of a Billionaire
McAfee was paid approximately $7.6 billion by Intel for the company he founded, McAfee Associates, which was immediately renamed Intel Security in order to distance the company from the founder.
The anti-virus software creator even tried to run for president twice, in 2016 and 2020, as a Libertarian, though the party rejected him.
Living in exile seemed to be fun for McAfee. He frequently contributed to “Dealbreaker”, a financial industry news outlet. According to an article from Bitcoin, “During an interview from his yacht harbored in Havana on July 4, McAfee told the attendant press agency that he had offered to help Cuba develop its own crypto, to get around the current U.S. embargo.”
Cuba is planning to use Cryptocurrency to get around the 63 years of economic strangulation imposed upon 14 million Cuban people by the insanity of the US Government. Finally, a large scale, real world application for Cryptocurrencies. If Cuba wants my help, I am here. pic.twitter.com/zgHUNwRcdE
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 3, 2019