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Antivirus mogul John McAfee claims he'll spend his life in prison if he's extradited to the US on tax evasion charges

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 2021-06-15

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  • Antivirus software exec John McAfee testified against his extradition to the US on Tuesday.
  • In a Spanish court, McAfee claimed he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars if he was extradited, the AP reported.
  • McAfee is wanted in Tennessee for tax-related charges for his alleged failure to disclose income.
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John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software McAfee, testified in Spain on Tuesday to fight his extradition to the United States on tax-related criminal charges, the Associated Press reported.

The 75-year-old argued that if extradited to the US, he would spend the rest of his life behind bars, according to the report.

His charges carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, the AP reported.

Prosecutors in Tennessee say McAfee failed to disclose earnings made from cryptocurrency , speaking fees, and income he made from selling the rights to his life story for a documentary, according to the report.

During the virtual hearing at the Spanish National Court on Tuesday, McAfee also claimed the charges against him were politically motivated. A judge is expected to rule on whether he is to be extradited to the US in the next few days, according to the AP.

McAfee was arrested in October 2020 at an airport in Barcelona, the AP reported. The outspoken exec has continued to praise cryptocurrency and rail against his jailers using posts shared to his Twitter account.

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