Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The founder of McAfee antivirus software, John McAfee, was reportedly arrested and imprisoned by the Spanish government. Now he is awaiting extradition to the United States (US) on charges of fraud.
According to Reuters sources, John McAfee was arrested at Spanish Airport last weekend when he was about to fly to Istanbul (Turkey) using a British passport, as compiled from Reuters, Tuesday (6/10/2020).
Court sources said John McAfee was later brought before a high court judge via video call and sent to an unsecured prison where he would await extradition proceedings.
A third source, from the justice department of the Catalonia region, said he was in Brians 1 prison, which opened in 1991, 45 minutes by car from Barcelona. Several local politicians have been jailed there for corruption.
After being arrested, McAfee’s official Instagram account posted the message “Free McAfee” with his photo. The person who manages the Instagram account did not reply to a Reuters request for comment. There were no other representatives who could be contacted immediately.
US federal prosecutors on Monday (5/10/2020), reopened allegations of tax evasion and deliberately failed to file a refund with John McAfee.
It came shortly after US stock exchange authorities revealed that they had filed a civil suit against John McAfee, accusing him of making more than US $ 23.1 million in undisclosed compensation for a false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendation.
He is thought to have made millions of revenue from promoting cryptocurrency, as well as through consulting work, lecturing and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.