John McAfee, pioneer of antivirus software, accused of tax evasion in the United States | American News

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John McAfee, the antivirus software entrepreneur, has been charged with tax evasion after failing to report the millions earned promoting cryptocurrency, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to the story of his life for a documentary, US prosecutors alleged.McAfee withheld assets from the Internal Revenue Service, including real estate, a vehicle and a yacht, on behalf of others, prosecutors said.

A June indictment accusing McAfee of tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns was unsealed in federal court in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday after McAfee’s arrest in Spain, where the extradition is underway, the US attorney’s office said.

Online court records do not indicate whether McAfee has a lawyer to speak on his behalf on the charges.

McAfee rose to prominence after developing early internet security software, and has been called upon by authorities in the United States and Belize in the past.

According to the indictment, McAfee did not file a tax return from 2014 to 2018, despite “considerable income” from several sources. The indictment does not allege that McAfee received any income or had any connection with the antivirus software company bearing his name during those years, prosecutors said.

McAfee dodged taxes by directing his income to bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts on behalf of other people, according to the indictment.

If found guilty on all counts, McAfee could face up to 30 years in prison.

McAfee was released from detention in the Dominican Republic in July 2019 after he and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style equipment, officials said. the Caribbean island at the time.

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