A Spanish court has approved the extradition of contested tech entrepreneur John McAfee, who is facing tax evasion and other financial burdens in the United States.
The extradition was approved by the country’s Supreme Court and revealed on Wednesday in a court file verified by Reuters.
McAfee, an eccentric tech mogul who developed McAfee antivirus software, was arrested in the country in October for allegedly not paying taxes on years of income.
According to prosecutors, he was beaten in the Western District of Tennessee on a 10-point charge of alleged tax evasion on millions of dollars in income from 2014 to 2018.
McAfee, 75, earned his income by speaking, selling the rights to his story for a documentary, advising and promoting cryptocurrencies online, according to the prosecutor at the time.
He claimed the charges against him were politically motivated – and that he had the right to fight extradition, Reuters reported.
In March, McAfee was also indicted in federal court in Manhattan for running two programs to woo about $ 13 million in crypto investors.
In this case, McAfee and a co-conspirator, Jimmy Watson, allegedly bought up large amounts of a cryptocurrency called “Alt-Coin” and increased their value by posting it on his hugely popular Twitter feed.
Then they sold the product and earned about $ 2 million in the “pump and dump” program, prosecutors charged.
In a second list, McAfee and his team took money from startup cryptocurrency issuers to promote events called “Initial Coin Offerings” that were prosecuted by prosecutors.