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John McAfee Sends Joyful Message from Prison While U.Today Recalls His Crazy Adventures in Crypto World

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 14:51
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Yuri Molchan
Several days after John McAfee's arrest, U.Today decided to recall his extraordinary adventures in the crypto world, his pranks and the crypto projects he took part in
John McAfee Sends Joyful Message from Prison While U.Today Recalls His Crazy Adventures in Crypto World
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On Oct. 5, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment against crypto baron and libertarian John McAfee for avoiding filing tax returns for several years.

The former antivirus mogul and crypto advocate was taken into custody in Spain and is now awaiting extradition to the U.S. in prison.

His wife Janice has just posted news from him: a note, in which he shares his impressions of prison and his cellmates.

Not the first time McAfee is in jail

The first time John McAfee was in prison was in 2012when he was arrested in Guatemala on what he later called "semi-false charges." That was preceded by several years during which a younger McAfee toyed with drugs (LSD, DMT, etc.) and set up the antivirus giant McAfee Associates, later known as McAfee, LLC, in 1987.

Back in those days, some of the largest U.S. businesses used McAfee antivirus software.

After leaving prison, John became an active supporter of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency industry and blockchain.

McAfee's crypto projects, "Zombie Coin," "Epstein Didn't Kill Himself" and "Ghost"

On his Twitter account, McAfee started promoting various crypto projects and ICOs, even creating the so-called "McAfee effect" when the coin he shilled went up in price the following day.

One of his favorites was Docademic coin (MTC). In a conflict between the Docademic CEO and BitMEX exchange, McAfee took the side of the former and sued the crypto platform in summer 2018.

Crypto projects that he and his wife, Janice McAfee, worked on in 2019 and 2020 include SkyCoin and Zombie Coin.

Apart from that, McAfee launched his own Ethereum-based decentralized exchange, "McAfeeDEX" and WHACKD token (which stands for "Epstein Didn't Kill Himself") in the memory of Jeffrey Epstein, a U.S. financier convicted of sexual abuse, who committed suicide in his cell. Many, howeverincluding McAfeebelieve he was murdered.

Before his arrest in Spain, John McAfee was working on theGhost projecta smartphone data service that promised to make your phone untrackable by authorities. McAfee also mentioned that a samename coin would be created too.

Finally, he decided to give up on that project and left the team.

John McAfee Arrested in Spain for Tax Evasion After Earning $23 Mln, Selling Rights to His Bio, Using Nominees' Crypto Accounts

McAfee says "hello" from prison

Just recently, Janice McAfee posted a message from John, in which he describes the prison he is staying in while waiting to be extradited and given into the vengeful hands of the U.S. IRS.

Apparently, the former Bitcoin advocate is having a fascinating time, has an ambassador's drug dealer as his cellmate and spends most of his time with his back to the wall.

When McAfee was arrested, the investigation showed that he had earned around $23 mln in USD and crypto for shilling ICOs and for his consulting work in the sphere of crypto and IT security.

He kept that money in bank accounts and crypto exchange accounts owned by nominees. He also owned real estate, a luxury car and a yacht.

When he explained his unwillingness to pay taxes, among other reasons McAfee said that he had not been making a profit since he sold McAfee Associates to Intel.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at