John McAfee – cybersecurity entrepreneur and crypto personality made famous for the McAfee software – has been arrested over tax fraud.
The English-American computer programmer and businessman now faces extradition to the United States where he is wanted by the Department of Justice.
The US government has accused McAfee of being paid more than $23.1 million worth of cryptocurrency assets for promoting a number of ICO token sales without disclosing that he was being paid to do so.
They also say he has failed to declare tax for the last four years.
In a statement the US Justice Department said Mr McAfee allegedly evaded tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees. As a result, it is alleged, he failed to file any tax returns from 2014 to 2018.
He is also accused of concealing assets, including a yacht and real estate property, in the names of others.
73 year old McAfee was arrested in Spain whilst attempting to board a flight from Barcelona to Instabul, Turkey.
Mr McAfee has previously expressed his disdain for taxes, tweeting last year that he hadn’t filed tax returns for eight years because “taxation is illegal.”
Last year he was also briefly detained in the Dominican Republic for allegedly bringing weapons into the country.
In 2012, Mr McAfee made headlines after Belize police began investigating the death of his neighbour, Florida businessman Gregory Faull, and named Mr McAfee as a “person of interest”.
Mr McAfee left the country after the death, saying he feared for his own safety, but said he had “no connection whatsoever” with the killing.
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