John McAfee Arrested in Spain on US Tax Evasion Charges

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In Brief
  • John McAfee has been arrested in Spain on charges of U.S. tax evasion and failing to file his taxes.

  • He was also sued by the U.S. SEC for his role in recommending ICOs without letting investors know he was getting compensated.

  • McAfee is awaiting extradition in Spain.

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The law has finally caught up with outlaw John McAfee. The crypto bull and antivirus pioneer has been hit with a one-two punch from the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission all at once.

McAfee has been arrested in Spain on charges of U.S. tax evasion and failing to file his taxes, something he has bragged about on social media before. In addition, he’s facing a lawsuit from the SEC for his role in recommending more than half-a-dozen ICOs. McAfee allegedly earned more than $23 million for touting those deals without disclosing to investors that he was being compensated.

‘Catch Him If You Can’

McAfee has documented his lifestyle on social media, leaving the authorities to connect the dots and nab him on tax evasion tied to the millions of dollars he earned from promoting cryptocurrencies while not reporting a dime of it between 2014-2018. According to the U.S. Department of Justice in a statement,

“McAfee allegedly evaded his tax liability by directing his income to be paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees. The indictment further alleges McAfee attempted to evade the IRS by concealing assets, including real property, a vehicle, and a yacht, in the names of others.”

Source: Twitter

Crypto Community Responds

McAfee, who boasts more than 1 million followers on Twitter, has embraced the fugitive lifestyle for years. But he also seeks the limelight and previously launched his own US presidential campaign under the Campaign of Libertarian. He has been a source of entertainment in the crypto community for his outlandish claims, lavish lifestyle and total disregard for the law. In true McAfee fashion, he was even behind his own privacy coin dubbed Ghost but according to reports his involvement with the project didn’t pan out.

It seems that McAfee’s shenanigans have finally caught up with him, as he awaits extradition in Spain. He is facing up to half-a-decade in prison for each count of tax evasion and up to one year for each count of failing to file his taxes.


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Gerelyn caught wind of bitcoin in mid-2017, and after becoming smitten by the peer-to-peer nature of crypto has never looked back. She has been covering the space ever since. Previously, she wrote about traditional financial services, Wall Street and institutional investing for much of her career. Gerelyn resides in Verona, N.J., just a hop, skip and a jump from New York City.

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