BARCELONA: John McAfee, an antivirus software maker accused of fraud in the United States, was in prison on Tuesday awaiting extradition after he was arrested at Barcelona airport last weekend. sources.
Software founder McAfee was arrested Saturday as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport, a Spanish police source said.
A forensic source said McAfee was later presented with a video appeal to a judge of a higher court and sent to prison without bail, where he would await extradition proceedings.
A third source, from the Department of Justice of the Catalonia region, said he was in Brians 1 prison, which opened in 1991 in an industrial area 45 minutes’ drive from Barcelona. Some local politicians have been imprisoned there for corruption.
After his arrest, McAfee’s official Instagram account posted a “Free McAfee” message with a photo of him. The person administering the account did not respond to a message asking for comment.
No other representative was immediately contacted.
U.S. federal prosecutors on Monday unveiled a charge against McAfee for tax evasion and deliberately not filing it.
This came shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that it had filed civil charges against McAfee, claiming that he had earned more than $ 23.1 million in undisclosed compensation for false and misleading recommendations. of cryptocurrency.
He is said to have made millions of revenues promoting cryptocurrencies, as well as consulting jobs, lecturing and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.