Next Friday, the National Court is considering whether to extradite businessman John McAfee, the creator of the famous antivirus, to the United States, who is demanding trial for his alleged responsibility in a fraud case for allegedly hiding his income from the public purse.
The National Court’s Office of the Attorney General supports the extradition request related to the alleged tax offenses McAfee committed in 2016, 2017, and 2018, not the two previous years that US justice attributes to it as well.
Nearly eight months after his arrest at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, when he was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, a 75-year-old American mogul presented on the fourth day of a handover session before the second section of the criminal. field
The United States alleges that the founder of anti-virus software company McAfee is charged with “prosecuting five crimes of tax evasion, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison” and five others “for failing to pay taxes, each of which is punished with the maximum penalty. One year in prison” allegedly committed between 2014 And 2018.
During the hearing, the national court will not assess whether McAfee is capable of committing these crimes, because in the extradition procedures only the compatibility of the crimes stipulated in the regulations and the treaties in force is analyzed.
For its part, the prosecution indicated in its letter that the crimes that were directed during 2014 and 2015 do not have any “criminal significance”, as the share of alleged fraud is far from 120,000 euros, while in the following three years an alleged tax offense is a greater commission, and in fact , Will constitute three crimes according to the Spanish penal code.
Aside from these fraud cases, Justice in the United States is also investigating allegations of fraud and money laundering for promoting cryptocurrency on Twitter to investors between 2017 and 2018. Investigators suspect that his advisor has seized “more than 13 million dollars” through “fraudulent schemes.” “on the Internet.
They deemed that they both used the “old-fashioned pump-and-dump method”, buying large quantities of “altcoins” (bitcin alternative cryptocurrencies) at such low prices that McAfee would later recommend them on Twitter in a deceptive manner, “artificially increasing” the value.
His arrest in Spain on October 3, 2020 when he was about to leave the country, was not the only one behind the anti-virus pioneer, who was also arrested in the summer of 2019 in a port in the Dominican Republic with several weapons. On board your yacht.
Days earlier, the businessman reported that he was leaving the US because the CIA tried to arrest him for tax offenses. Finally, Dominican authorities released him and McAfee traveled to the United Kingdom.
When he was arrested in Spain, the judge sent him to preventive prison, and the second section of the criminal chamber repeatedly refused to release him, considering that the risk of escape and his meager personal and family roots weighed.