Antivirus Software Pioneer John McAfee Arrested in Spain

McAfee is what your mom calls “quite the character”

Yesterday, the U.S. DOJ arrested early tech entrepreneur John McAfee in Spain. 

  • McAfee made his fortune with the computer virus-fighting software you remember from fifth grade computer class, but he hasn’t been associated with it since the ’90s. 

The charges: tax evasion, per an indictment from June that was unsealed yesterday. It alleges that from 2014 to 2018, McAfee dodged the tax man by funneling payments through bank accounts set up by other people, dealing in crypto, and buying assets (including a yacht) under other people’s names.

  • He may have a hard time pleading poor—during those years McAfee made over $23 million from selling the rights to his life story, consulting, and other work, according to the indictment. 

Zoom out: This guy is what your mom calls “quite the character.” In 2012, he was linked to the death of his neighbor in Belize, then showed up in Guatemala, where he was arrested on immigration charges. He then laid low until 2016, when he launched a bid for the U.S. presidency on the Libertarian ticket.


Via Morning Brew

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