John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish court allows extradition

John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish court allows extradition

John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish court allows extradition

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell in Spain on Wednesday, a prison official said, shortly after a court approved his extradition to the United States where he was wanted for tax evasion.

The Spanish prosecutor said McAfee could be extradited, but only to face charges related to his tax returns of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

McAfee had been held at the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center in Spain's Barcelona since late 2020, as he awaited the judge's ruling in his extradition case.

McAfee was found dead and hanging in his cell on Wednesday afternoon, according to Reuters and a local newspaper report, which cites Spain's Justice Department.

An investigation into his death is underway, but the report states that all signs point to suicide.

The decision can be appealed and the final extradition will need to be approved by the Spanish Cabinet.

In a hearing held via videolink earlier this month, McAfee argued that the charges against him were politically motivated and said he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was returned to the U.S.

He faced a possible sentence of more than two decades in prison had be been convicted of the United States tax charges, which stemmed from claims that he did not file tax returns between 2014 and 2018.

Prosecutors in the U.S. state of Tennessee had charged the 75-year-old with evading taxes after allegedly failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work. He resigned from the company in 1994, and went on to found software firm Tribal Voice - behind one of the internet's first instant message and chat programs - as well technology company QuorumEx and security and privacy company Future Tense Central.

The last post from McAfee's Twitter account was a retweet of a Father's Day message from his wife Janice McAfee.

The US also charged McAfee for failing to pay taxes on his cryptocurrency earnings.

"My remaining assets are all seized".

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