FUGITIVE anti-virus guru John McAfee has sought refuge in Paris and London since being released by Dominican authorities on Wednesday.
The eccentric mogul, 73, had been detained after a cache of weapons, ammunition, and cash were found on his boat when it docked in the Dominican Republic.
John McAfee and wife Janice are thought to have been in London[/caption]
He is currently being sought by US tax authorities in relation to charges brought by the Internal Revenue Service over unpaid taxes.
His lawyer, Candido Simon, said McAffee had been released after Dominican authorities ensured he was not the subject of any active legal cases or extradition requests in the United States.
Police in Belize, where McAfee previously lived, have also said he is a “person of interest” in an investigation into the 2012 murder of a neighbour with whom he had recently had a dispute.
McAfee rose to prominence after founding McAfee Associates in 1987 to sell the first commercially available antivirus software.
His personal wealth peaked in 2007 at around $100 million, but plummeted after the global financial crisis that begun that year.
He is known for a number of controversial political views, including a belief that taxes are illegal and an opposition to any redistribution of wealth, and has previously sought to become the US presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party.
ON THE MOVE
On Friday, two days after his release, McAfee tweeted a picture of his wife, Janice McAfee sat in a restaurant claiming the pair were in London.
“We are in london. A different world from the Chaos of the D.M,” he wrote.
“Tomorrow I will lay out how an extremely corrupt Bahamian Official orchestrated our ordeal, with the help of the CIA.
“I will bring him down first, then decide what to do next.
“Full videos, texts and voice recordings.”
The location stamp on the tweet also said it had been posted from London.
He then wrote yesterday: “On the move again. The long arm of the U.S. is reaching for us here in London.
“Thank God it’s a weekend. Government bureaucracy paperwork is stalled until tomorrow morning.
“We are never stalled. Will update you soon.”
Four hours later, in a tweet stamped as having been sent from Paris, he tweeted a picture of himself and his wife with one another man in a hotel room, and wrote: “The bad guys never came close.
“We are out of England now and on our way to complete safety.”
He had earlier taken issue with the reasons for his detention in the Dominican Republic, saying his boat was boarded and weapons seized before he had chance to declare them.
He had also said his dogs remained in custody, threatening that “wrath will rain down from heaven” if they were harmed, but later tweeted that they were safe.
Having been born on a US army base in the UK, McAfee has both American and British citizenship.
In January 2019, McAfee claimed to be living internationally on a boat after an indictment brought against him by US authorities related to unpaid taxed dating back to 2012.
The IRS has not independently confirmed the existence of any charges.
Police in Belize have also said McAfee is a “person of interest” in relation to the death of a former neighbour, Gregory Faull.
Faull was found in his home with a single gunshot to the head and bearing signs of having been tortured with a taser in 2012.
He is reported to have been in an earlier dispute with McAfee about noise made by McAfee’s dogs, and to have told another neighbour he was going to “take matters into his own hands”.
Four of McAfee’s dogs were subsequently poisoned.
McAfee then fled to Guatemala after being questioned by police, and was later deported back to the United States.
He later claimed he had been forced to flee because Belize authorities were trying to kill him, but prime minister Dean Barrow responded by calling McAfee “extremely paranoid – even bonkers”.
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Earlier this year, a US federal district judge in Florida ordered McAfee to pay $25 million for the wrongful death of Faull.
The ruling followed a lawsuit brought by Faull’s daughter, and a decision by an appeals court last year that the allegations against McAfee were plausible.
John McAfee said he’d been detained a second time[/caption]
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