Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee tries to halt extradition to U.S. over alleged tax crimes
UPDATED 6:50 AM PT – Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Antivirus software creator John McAfee is fighting his extradition to the U.S. from Spain as American authorities look to bring him in on tax evasion charges. While speaking via video call from a Spanish prison on Tuesday, the 75-year-old millionaire argued the charges were politically motivated.
McAfee was arrested in Barcelona in October for allegedly failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies. However, he claimed the U.S. just wants to make an example out of him.
I am almost 76 and have been in prison, without bail, for seven months. Not much for a younger man in his 40s or even 50s. But for me, its likely a significant percent of my remaining days on this earth.
A lesson in our system of justice.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 4, 2021
“We understand that because he completely defends the disappearance of the current monetary system in the United States and globally that he has been made a scapegoat of people who think that way,” stated McAfee attorney Javier Villalba. “We believe that in the upcoming years money as we know it will disappear.”
A Spanish judge will make the ruling on whether McAfee will be extradited in the next few days. If convicted, McAfee could spend up to 30 years in prison.
The US spends our money in secrecy. They reveal mere generalities. Yet our every penny is scrutinized.
The opposite of our constitution’s intent.
Crypto currency privacy coins are the greatest defense against this corrupt system ever developed.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 7, 2021