John McAfee Arrested on Tax Evasion Charges

Antivirus pioneer taken into custody in Spain, faces extradition to US
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2020 3:01 AM CDT
Antivirus Pioneer Arrested on Tax Evasion Charges
In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, internet security pioneer John McAfee announces his candidacy for president in Opelika, Ala.   (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, File)

(Newser) – Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was arrested in Spain on Monday and indicted for tax evasion and fraud, charges for which he faces extradition to the US. McAfee has had what TechCrunch refers to as a "wild ride," with the Verge noting he's "had a contentious association with the law for years, though it’s at times unclear which run-ins are real and what has been fabricated." Among those run-ins, however, are claims the cybersecurity entrepreneur has made that he didn't pay taxes for years; now, CNN reports, the feds are claiming that is correct between the years of 2014 and 2018, despite his having earned millions during that time. In addition to those charges, the SEC also sued McAfee on Monday for allegedly earning millions by promoting cryptocurrency initial coin offerings without disclosing he was being paid to do so. (Read more John McAfee stories.)

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