Antivirus tycoon John McAfee says he has no hidden cryptocurrencies, no assets left as there were all seized by the Feds, no friends, and no regrets. He has shared his story from prison, where he says he has “never felt more free.”
McAfee Says He Has No Cryptocurrencies, No Assets, No Friends but Also No Regrets
John McAfee is still in a Spanish prison after he was arrested in October last year. He was charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with fraudulently pumping initial coin offerings (ICOs) and was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for “tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns,” fraud, and money laundering conspiracy crimes. Early this month, the National Court of Spain suspended his extradition hearing.
McAfee tweeted from prison Wednesday:
The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.
Last month, he shared what his prison life in Catalonia was like via Twitter. “Imagine preschool where the kids use drugs, carry makeshift weapons and the teachers tase you for asking questions.” During his early days in prison, he was still pumping his ghost cryptocurrency.
In a different tweet, he described: “I speak no Catalan and little Spanish so human contact is limited. There are no entertainments – no escape from loneliness, from emptiness, from myself. This has been the most trying period of my life.”
He tweeted in May:
I am almost 76 and have been in prison, without bail, for seven months. Not much for a younger man in his 40s or even 50s. But for me, its likely a significant percent of my remaining days on this earth. A lesson in our system of justice.
McAfee noted that “The worst thing about Spanish prisons is the food. If I never again have to eat stale bread and a cold hot dog my life would be complete … Most prison food in Spain is indistinguishable from rat shit in motor oil. The single exception is potato pie, which is only served on Saturdays.”
The antivirus tycoon further opined:
I once had everything. After uncountable lawsuits and the reach of the Fed’s, I now have nothing. But inside these prison bars, I have never felt more free. The things you believe you own, in reality own you.
McAfee’s wife, Janice, tweeted on May 26 that Tesla CEO Elon Musk “has moved the crypto markets with his tweets far greater than John McAfee could ever have and he continues to do so, with impunity, while John faces the real possibility of dying in prison for allegedly engaging in similar activities.”
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