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John McAfee, Founder of McAfee Antivirus, Found Dead in Prison

John McAfee, the founder of McAfee Antivirus software, was found dead in his cell in Barcelona, according to a statement given by a government official to PTI on Wednesday. A few hours earlier, a preliminary ruling was issued by a Spanish court in favour of his extradition to the United States to face tax-related charges.

The security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary tried to revive McAfee but failed to keep him alive. The jail’s medical team issued his death certificate, as per a statement from the regional Catalan government.

Notably, the statement didn’t recognise McAfee by name but said he was a 75-year-old U.S citizen awaiting extradition to the country. The name was confirmed by a Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorised to be named in media reports.

John McAfee was wanted in the United States on tax-related criminal charges with a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years. Spain’s national court had approved his extradition to the United States. The decision can be appealed and the final extradition needs to be approved by the Spanish Cabinet.

McAfee was charged by Tennessee prosecutors with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies, while he did consultancy work. He was also charged with not filing tax on income made from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story to a documentary. The charges refer to the fiscal year of 2016-2018, as per the Spanish court’s ruling on Wednesday. 

John McAfee was arrested last year in Barcelona. In a hearing held over video link over this month, McAfee argued that the charges made against him were politically motivated and he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was returned to the United States. 

Image Credits: John McAfee by Gage Skidmore

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