McAfee software maker jailed in Spain, sources say

BARCELONA (Reuters) – John McAfee, an anti-virus software designer indicted on charges of fraud in the United States, was in a Spanish prison on Tuesday awaiting extradition proceedings after being arrested at Barcelona airport over the weekend end, sources said.

FILE PHOTO: John McAfee, Co-Founder of McAfee Crypto Team and CEO of Luxcore and Founder of McAfee Antivirus, speaks at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St Julian’s, Malta, November 1, 2018. REUTERS / Darrin Zammit Lupi

The founder of the software McAfee was arrested on 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 then presented to a High Court judge through a video appeal and sent to jail without bail where he would await the extradition process.

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 a 45-minute drive from Barcelona. Some local politicians have been jailed there for corruption.

After his arrest, McAfee’s official Instagram account posted a “Free McAfee” message with a photo of him. The person who manages the account did not return a message requesting comment.

No other representative was immediately reachable.

McAfee’s wife Janice McAfee in a Twitter post on Tuesday afternoon said her husband was in “good spirits” and wanted to thank his supporters.

“Since we left the United States, it means the world to both of us knowing that there are still freedom believers all over the world,” the statement read.

“Regardless of what John may or may not have done, he spent most of his retirement fighting not only for his own freedom, but for the freedom of all. “

U.S. federal prosecutors on Monday unveiled an indictment against McAfee for evading taxes and willfully failing to file.

This came shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that it had taken civil lawsuits against McAfee, alleging he paid more than $ 23.1 million in undisclosed compensation from recommendations. false and misleading when it comes to cryptocurrency.

He is said to have earned millions of dollars in income through the promotion of cryptocurrencies, as well as through consulting, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

Reporting by Joan Faus, Inti Landauro, Emma Pinedo, Diane Bartz, Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Andrew Cawthorne / Mark Heinrich