Tech Millionaire John McAfee Dead by Suicide in Spanish Prison

Gage Skidmore

The founder of the McAfee antivirus software company took his own life in a Spanish prison cell as he was waiting to be extradited to the United States for tax evasion.

Spanish police reported that tech entrepreneur John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell at Barcelona’s Brians 2 prison, in Sant Esteve de Sesrovires, only hours after Spain agreed to ship him back to the U.S. to stand trial, and “everything points to a suicide.”

McAfee fled the U.S. in 2019 to avoid tax evasion charges stemming from his failure to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, but was arrested in Spain on October 5, 2020, at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Allegedly McAfee scammed the government by having his income “paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency accounts in the names of others, while also using the names of others to conceal ownership of property and assets including a yacht.”

The following day, the SEC filed a complaint alleging that McAfee fraudulently promoted several crypto-currencies on Twitter as an impartial investor, but had been paid $23 million to advertise the digital assets. 

He then engaged in a pump and dump scheme without disclosing his own holdings, earning $2 million, but costing crypto investors nearly $13 million. He was formally indicted by a Manhattan federal court on March 5, 2021.  

McAfee was set to face a 10 count indictment for tax fraud in Tennessee upon his return to the U.S. and was facing five years for each count, but the seventy-five-year-old was found dead in his cell.

The prison’s medical team reportedly tried to resuscitate McAfee, but he was pronounced dead hours after the extradition request was granted. His cause of death is being investigated by local authorities, but they believe “everything indicates that it could be a death by suicide.”


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1 year ago

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Brando
Brando
1 year ago

“Suicide”, huh? Must have had dirt on the Clintons…

David Gross
David Gross
1 year ago
Reply to  Brando

We fought the Revolutionary War, in part, to eliminate the hated, “Debtors’ Prison”. There is also no, “Double Jeopardy”, so the IRS may take what it thinks it has coming, and add fines for the trouble, but putting people in prison as well, is clearly unconstitutional. We are talking money here, not manslaughter. If lying about money is a crime, the prisons would be full of politicians.

mike
mike
1 year ago

WHACKED!

Vic
Vic
1 year ago

If you know too much assassins are employed and they convince you it’s suicide, god help us all.

BrewDubbs
1 year ago

Sad… Just plain sad.

Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
1 year ago

Was he a client of Epstein? Maybe a Clinton buddy. Sounds like he scammed a lot of people. Millionaires wouldn’t do that to us peasants. Like Soros, Gates, Clintons, Obummer, Obiden and the swamp in D.C. Oh well! Look at the money we saved by not having to keep him in a box for years. Maybe the place he escaped to is bit warmer than where he was. I hope the swamp creatures have reservations there too.

Sandra
Sandra
1 year ago

Tax evasion! The IRS will still get their money from his estate somehow. Not a good reason to commit suicide.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

Instead of doing all schemes to avoid paying taxes to the USA he should have renounced his citizenship, some other government will like hims better to pay some taxes, but he decided to kill himself as Jeffrey Epstein.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I do not believe he killed himself.

tom
tom
1 year ago

WHERE was Hillary – on the day of his “suicide” ?