John McAfee (the famous extravagant technology pioneer and the Founder of the famous antivirus software McAfee) has been found dead at his cell in a jail in Barcelona. The autonomous police force responsible for law enforcement in Catalonia, Mossos d’Esquadra or Policia de la Generalitat de Catalunya, is reportedly investigating the possible reason of the entrepreneur and self-proclaimed cryptocurrency advisor’s death.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that it is aware of the situation as John McAfee was on the pending list of extradition to the US. He was among the top wanted list of the United States authorities because he was allegedly evading millions of dollars of taxes on profit earned in activities related to cryptocurrencies.
In October 2020, the 75-year old McAfee tried to flee Istanbul for bypassing the hunt of authorities. He was ultimately nabbed by the Spanish police in El Prat Airport last year. Spanish authorities considered him a person with a high risk of escape. That’s why he was held in custody at the penitentiary center of Brians 1’s module 1. Reports say that the prison medical services tried to resuscitate him after prison surveillance officers found him dead in the cell.
Available information point towards a possible suicide by the billionaire and Silicon Valley honcho. His lawyers broke the news first and then it was confirmed by the government of Catalonia.
US authorities accuse him of fraud and money laundering conspiracy crimes. He is accused of receiving over US$13 million in secret dealing for promoting unlicensed tokens. Most of this income was not reported to the tax authorities in the US.
The tech mogul’s death comes at a time when a Spanish High Court allowed his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges. This has led some conspiracy theorists to say that John didn’t take his own life.
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