Antivirus creator McAfee found dead in prison after court allows extradition
The developer of the McAfee antivirus programme was discovered dead in a Spanish prison only hours after a Spanish judge approved his extradition to the United States. A government official informed The Associated Press on Wednesday that John McAfee, the developer of the McAfee antivirus programme, was discovered dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona. A Spanish court had given a preliminary decision in favour of his extradition to the US to face tax-related criminal accusations just hours before.
According to a statement from the regional Catalan government, security staff at the Brians 2 penitentiary outside the northeastern Spanish city tried to resuscitate McAfee, who was 75, but the jail's medical team eventually declared his dead. The US tycoon was not named in the announcement, but it did say he was a 75-year-old US citizen who was awaiting extradition to the nation. The dead guy was McAfee, according to a Catalan government official acquainted with the incident who was not allowed to be named in media reports. The extradition of jailed antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee to the United States has been authorised by Spain's National Court. McAfee was wanted in the United States on tax-related criminal charges that carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. The judgement can be challenged, and the Spanish Cabinet must authorise the ultimate extradition. McAfee, 75, was charged with tax evasion by Tennessee authorities after he failed to disclose revenue from promoting cryptocurrencies while working as a consultant, as well as income from speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life storey for a documentary. According to a judgement issued by a Spanish court on Wednesday, the accusations apply to the three fiscal years 2016 to 2018. Last October, the entrepreneur was apprehended at Barcelona's international airport. At the time, a court ordered McAfee to be detained in custody until the result of an extradition case.