He Helped Millions Fight Off Viruses Then Hid His Millions from the IRS

John McAfee, the creator of McAfee VirusScan software, has been arrested in Spain and is awaiting extradition to the US on charges of tax evasion. He is accused of failing to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 despite earning more than 23 million dollars during that time.

McAfee resigned from the company that bears his name in 1994, and during the last few years derived a lucrative income from speaking engagements, consulting work, crypto-currencies and selling the rights to his life story.

To evade paying taxes McAfee had his payments deposited into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees, and concealed assets, including a yacht and real estate, by putting them in the names of others.

Last year McAfee tweeted that he hadn’t filed tax returns for eight years because, “Taxation is illegal.” He faces up to 30 years in prison.