John McAfee

John McAfee Arrested in Spain, Indicted on U.S. Tax Charges

He is expected to be extradited to face the charges he knew were coming, which inspired his past few years of international exile.

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Former Libertarian Party (L.P.) presidential hopeful, antivirus software pioneer, and international man of mystery John McAfee has been arrested in Spain while trying to board a flight to Istanbul and is expected to be extradited to the United States soon. A June sealed indictment on tax charges was made public yesterday by the Department of Justice.

McAfee told me in June 2019 while launching his second run for the L.P. nomination (which quickly fizzled out) in exile from Cuba that the very reason he wanted to stay there was that he thought there was no chance he would be extradited from the island to be held accountable for these alleged tax crimes. (He did not actually end up staying in Cuba for very long.) As I reported then, McAfee was already "confident that a grand jury is currently convening and will indict him for tax-related crimes. He admits he hasn't paid income taxes in eight years and says he does not intend to do so ever again."

The indictment claims that McAfee:

earned millions of dollars in income from various sources, including but not limited to: (1) from 2014 through 2016, for speaking engagements; (2) from 2015 through 2016, for the rights to his life story for a documentary; (3) from 2016 through 2018, for work as a consultant; and (4) from 2017 through 2018, for promoting cryptocurrencies….[and failed] to make an income tax return [and has] willfully attempted to evade and defeat income tax due and owing by him to the United States of America.

McAfee faces five counts that have a potential five-year imprisonment and/or quarter-million-dollar fine and five more counts that have potential one-year imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is simultaneously suing McAfee, alleging he was "promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to his Twitter followers without disclosing that he was paid to do so…McAfee promoted multiple ICOs on Twitter, allegedly pretending to be impartial and independent even though he was paid more than $23 million in digital assets for the promotions. When certain investors asked whether he was paid to promote the ICOs, McAfee allegedly denied receiving any compensation from the issuers."

McAfee and an associate are thus charged by the SEC with "violating antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws, McAfee with violating the anti-touting provisions…The complaint seeks permanent injunctive relief, conduct-based injunctions, return of allegedly ill-gotten gains, and civil penalties. The SEC also seeks to bar McAfee from serving as a public company officer and director." The aforementioned suit also immortalizes a particularly colorful bit of McAfee lore, referencing "McAfee's extravagant posts (such as tweeting predictions about BTC price increases and promising to 'eat my d**k on national television' if such predictions did not pan out)."

Rob Loggia, who was McAfee's major-domo in his presidential runs and has been hosting McAfee's advice column on his website, said in a written message this morning that "I can only say that his friends and family stand behind him 100% and are working to secure his release."

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            1. *points at FCA and screeches like Donald Sutherland*

      2. Scat sex, huh?

        Gives a whole new meaning to “wouldn’t say shit if he had a mouth full of it.”

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  2. He’s a perfect liberaltarian candidate for the koch reason crowd.

  3. See if he had become president he would have been okay with not paying taxes

    Sarc off

    1. As the Trump tax defenders so often meme about, tax avoidance is legal, tax evasion is not.

      McAfee chose to deliberately break the law by avoiding taxes. He’s rich enough he could have done similar crazy tax structures like Trump did. But he chose to flip the bird at the IRS and break the law.

      NOT that I am defending that law. But when you break the law on principle (not sure McAfee has principles) then you need to accept the consequences of breaking that law.

      1. You break the law by evading taxes, not avoiding them.

        Tax avoidance is changing your behavior to legally minimize your tax bill. Tax evasion is doing it illegally.

    1. Jo is the most reasonable candidate we’ve ever had. Too bad she’s not getting any coverage in this batshit election year.

      1. Does she know what a Leppo is? Because the media has declared that no one gets coverage if they don’t know what a Leppo is. Also, they need to be able to state which nations they will bomb.

        1. Also, they need to be able to state which nations they will bomb.

          For “humanitarian” purposes, of course. If you bomb them out of love for your fellow man it’s OK.

          1. … and then you get a peace prize.

        2. Johnson got very little coverage until he didn’t know what Aleppo was. The official corporate media position to not give third parties any coverage until they have a really embarrassing gaffe and they you give the gaffe tons of attention.

          Most of the ways the media lies is in the way they curate what is important and worth discussing and cover up for things they don’t like. Notice how Biden’s gaffe where he cornered a staffer and shoved his hand up her like she was a sock puppet has completely disappeared from all conversation?

          1. Notice how Biden’s gaffe where he cornered a staffer and shoved his hand up her like she was a sock puppet has completely disappeared from all conversation?

            Well, to be fair, how many career congress critters hasn’t at one point or another mistaken a staffer for a sock puppet? It’s a really common mistake, I’m sure.

            1. “Well, to be fair, how many career congress critters hasn’t at one point or another mistaken a staffer for a sock puppet? It’s a really common mistake, I’m sure.”

              When they’re not keeping their place in the bill they’re reading, by bending over the pages…

          2. Frankly, only about 2% of the media even knew what Aleppo was if they weren’t actually embedded there. It was just something to use as an excuse to ridicule him.

            And I really don’t think it was a gaffe. I really think Johnson was asking “what’s a Leppo”. What he should have done is responded with “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand you, can you repeat that”. But the media had their hook to belittle him and so ran with it.

            Did not help that half the fauxtarians chose to belittle him too. They were looking for any excuse to mock him and promote Trump as the True Libertarian Hope instead.

            1. Us faux libertarians would never force a private business to bake a cake.

            2. My recollection is that Johnson said he thought the reporter was using some sort of alliteration that Johnson couldn’t immediately place.

              That a city in Syria wouldn’t pop immediately to Johnson’s mind made sense to me. After all, Johnson was running as the Libertarian candidate for president of the UNITED STATES–and Aleppo is a city in SYRIA, and thus not something a prospective US president would give much attention to from a Libertarian perspective.

      2. Go back and read the many columns by the late Harry Browne.

      3. Fox News interviewed her for 25 minutes last week. Unedited on their radio website.

  4. As I reported then, McAfee was already “confident that a grand jury is currently convening and will indict him for tax-related crimes. He admits he hasn’t paid income taxes in eight years and says he does not intend to do so ever again.”

    Seems like McAfee was not only fully aware that he didn’t pay taxes he owed, but that he fled the US to avoid being held accountable.

    1. I don’t think he resides in the US and probably has not set foot in the US in the last eight years.

      1. Face it. Sooner or later, anyone anywhere for any reason will owe the US taxes. For the children.

      2. He was hiding out in a Central American country before he briefly emerged in 2016 to run for president as a libertarian.

        1. He wasn’t exactly hiding out there.

  5. The lesson from Robert Vesco (and Montgomery Burns) is don’t hide out in Cuba.
    McAfee would’ve been better off hiding in Moscow.

    1. es carne de burro.

    2. He likes the tropical climates and women. Moskva is cold and grey. And Cuba, with some nice people, impoverished and beaten down by the Revolution for sixty years, is not really compatible with a liberty-loving dude, unless you are a Ted Turner billionaire type who used to visit Fidel’s private isla para la caza y la putería.

    3. He was arrested in Spain.
      Sure, no one reads the articles before commenting, but it’s only polite to read the headline first.

      1. To be clear he should have picked a safer haven to begin with. He’s lucky the Cubans let him go, they picked Vesco clean then threw him in jail for drug trafficking charges.
        He’s unlucky that he went to Spain.

    4. He should have renounced and became a citizen of a land with a more enlightened tax policy.

      1. I believe that in order to renounce legally, you have to pay your back taxes, and then some.

      2. Even if that could technically be done, you can’t do it retroactively so as to provide absolution.

        John McAfee was simply lucky enough to have the right product with the right timing and yet not smart enough to keep what he got out of it or to double down on his very well known name in any meaningful way. He’s basically been a loser since he sold the company, and likely just didn’t have the resources anymore to pay the right people to keep his smarmy degenerate ass out of trouble. See guys who won the super lotto only to end up broke in a few years or blew it on singles at roulette for more examples.

    1. The Constitution has no authority, which makes all of it’s “laws” illegitimate.
      https://jim.com/treason.htm

  6. while launching his second run for the L.P. nomination (which quickly fizzled out) in exile from Cuba

    Running for the LP nomination from an oppressive communist country? That’s the ultimate act of trolling.

  7. There goes a very highly entertaining Twitter page.

  8. “…promising to ‘eat my d**k on national television’ if such predictions did not pan out).”

    These two old Georgia alumni are in the stands watching a game. About that time Uga trots out onto the field and starts to lick his dick. One old guy says, “I sure wish I could do that” to which his friend responds, “you better not, that dog will bite you.”

      1. Uga is a bulldog. He is the Mascot for the University of GA Bulldogs.

        Two old guys are watching a football game and see him licking his dick, like dogs do.

        One old guy says he wishes he could do that [meaning to lick his how OWN dick]; the other guy says he better not he’ll bite you [as if he were gong to lick the dog’s dick].It’s a joke, son.

        It’s just not funny if you have to explain it. Ok, here’s another one, let’s see how you do:

        A couple gets married back in the 50s; he goes off to work, she takes care of the home and such.

        Everything’s great except he hates her cooking. No matter what she does, he says it tastes like dog food. Which gives her an idea. So she opens up a can of old Kennel Ration and pretties is up and serves it, without telling him what it is. The guys f’n LOVES it and the spend that night making sweet love.

        One day she is at her doctors for a routine appointment. She thinks to mention what she is doing, serving dog food to a human, and he says it is not like it is poison but it is sub grade food for human consumption and one possibility is psychological aberrations and advises her to stop it. She thinks well it’s working out great for us, so nah, I’m gonna keep doing it cause I can’t cook worth shit.

        A years later she sees her doctor again and he asks her if she followed his advice. She says no, and he died. Doc says what happened? She says everything was going great till on day he was licking his dick in the street and a car ran over him.

  9. “The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens… Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.” Leo Tolstoy

  10. Has Ms. Jorgensen picked him for veep this year? Then we can cast votes for fighting political viruses and ditch all forms of unconstitutional taxation for the November election!!

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  12. McAfee, living on a boat in 2019, made some interesting points.
    Such as, it can get really expensive when people want to take care of other nation’s problems … in ways other than by offering them mutually-beneficial trade deals.

    Why deliver all that money when trade incentivizes prosperity?

    Thus, China seems poised for doing that sort of thing, while America just can’t say no to to people demanding money.

    The constitution mentions spending money to promote the welfare of the states. But has any political party achieved a fair interpretation? No, because they have proven incapable of paying off the national debt, since free money pays them and theirs without foreseeable limit. Then you simply pay any economist to.explain how there really is no limit to how much the national debt can be, and case closed, no more bugging a constituency of thieves about trivial matters that affect each income taxpayer similarly. Someone says so with a few million watts, and today that makes it true.

    1. And yet Americans keep voting for that shit and it’s an endless cycle. Try running for office on the idea of cutting off the cyclical cash flow of everything that isn’t explicitly within the constitutional roles of government. Even the best PR team won’t be able to get you poll numbers as high as your average LP candidate.

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