Businessman John von McAfee, creator of the anti-virus software McAfee, has been accused in the United States of fraud and money laundering.
Mr McAfee and his bodyguard Jim Imy Gail Watson Jr. are accused of promoting cryptocurrencies on Mr McAfee’s big Twitter account after spoiling prices.
After that, the currencies were allegedly sold, making the pair $ 2 million (45 1.45 million).
The men did not comment on the allegations.
Mr McAfee, 75, is now in custody Arrested in Spain on separate tax charges, which he denies. He is threatened with possible extradition to the United States.
Watson was arrested Thursday in Texas.
“Jim Immy Watson is a decorated veteran և former naval seal. “He has fought for the rights and freedoms of other people, he has the right, he is looking forward to his day in court to exercise those rights,” said his lawyer, Arnold Spencer.
The latest The charges were filed in Manhattan Federal Court in New YorkThe Ugly is accused of buying cryptocurrency assets before advertising them on Twitter, where Mr McAfee has more than a million followers.
They would then sell the assets as soon as Mr. McAfee’s confirmations saw prices rise, according to the US Department of Justice և Committee on Futures Sales.
They allegedly made further $ 11 million (m 8 million) in payments from start-up cryptocurrency companies to promote their assets on Twitter, payments that were not disclosed to investors buying them.
That meant they were “using the widely used social media platform, the bait among investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market, to make millions through lies and deception,” said federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss.
In a separate tax evasion case filed in October last year, Mr McAfee was charged with failing to file a tax return from 2014 to 2018. Prosecutors say he used other people’s names to hide his assets, including the yacht and property.
Who is McAfee?
A controversial figure, he became famous in the 1980s when his company launched the first commercial antivirus program, McAfee VirusScan, which helped boost the multi-billion dollar industry.
Although the business was sold to Intel, it is still developing its own cyber security products.
The British-born businessman also started unsuccessful applications, running for the Liberty Party in the 2016-2020 US presidential election.
Mr McAfee had previously spoken out against tax evasion, tweeting in 2019 that he had not filed a tax return for years because “taxation is illegal”.
In 2012, he made headlines after that The police of the Central American country of Belize investigated Mr. Death of McAfee’s neighbors and called him an “interested person.”
Mr McAfee left the country saying he feared for his own safety. Eventually, officials said he was not a suspect.