Jun 17, 2021 06:55 UTC
Jun 17, 2021 at 06:55 UTC
‘I have nothing’: behind bars John McAfee says about his crypto fortune
John McAfee declared in a surrender hearing in Spain that the nonpayment charges aimed against him were politically actuated.Software antivirus pioneer John McAfee has told his 1M Twitter followers that his entire crypto fortune is gone — though he concedes not everybody can believe he’s telling the truth.
The McAfee antivirus founder has been behind bars in Spain since Oct 2020 — once he was inactive for nonpayment — however that hasn’t stopped him from posting on Twitter on a near-daily basis.
The 76-year-old tweeted earlier nowadays that “I don’t have anything. Yet, I regret nothing,” and noted that:
“The U.S. believes I even have hidden crypto. I would like to, however, it’s dissolved through the numerous hands of Team McAfee (your belief isn’t required), and my remaining assets are all confiscated. My friends evaporated through association.”
The U.S. government is presently seeking McAfee’s extradition, with a ruling set to come back from Spanish courts within the coming days.
McAfee contains a litany of charges aimed against him, as well as the alleged operation of 2 “pump and dump” connected crypto scams that duped investors out of $13 million.
If extradited, McAfee can face court on charges for evading taxes between 2014 and 2018, once he did not report financial gain from multiple revenue streams like crypto gains, paid crypto promotions, practice work, and marketing the rights to his life-story documentary.
McAfee’s life behind bars seems to be one among contemplation, as he often tweets messages with tones that switch between sorrow, acceptance for his circumstances, mixed in with sparks of aggression towards the U.S. governing bodies.
In the June 9 tweet, he notes that “after uncountable lawsuits and also the reach of the FED’s I currently don’t have anything. however within these jail bars I even have ne’er felt a lot of free. The items you think you own, actually own you.”
It is a stark distinction to McAfee’s earlier years during which his internet value grew to $100 million from his productive anti-virus package firm. McAfee had a mansion value over $5 million in the urban center, and even lived on a luxury yacht in Dominican Republic waters, that he dubbed a “freedom boat.”
According to the June 2020 indictment from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Tennessee prosecutors, McAfee faces a minimum of 5 years on every count of nonpayment and an annual minimum on every count of willful failure to file an income tax return.
Given his age, the serial entrepreneur is probably going to pay the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty.
McAfee spoke at Spanish High Courts throughout the primary hearing of his extradition trial and declared that charges from U.S. governing bodies are politically actuated because of his 2 tries to run as a philosopher Party candidate within the U.S. presidential elections. He says he histrion the IRS’s attention in 2018 when:
“I jointly declared I might target the IRS and its corruption, and 2 months later the IRS filed charges against ME.”
Spanish public prosecutor Carlos the Jackal Bautista rejected this claim and represented McAfee as a “tax rebel, nothing else. A rich person who does not need to pay taxes.”