John McAfee, an anti-virus software creator indicted for fraud in the United States, was in jail on Tuesday pending extradition procedures after being arrested in Barcelona airport at the weekend. He was imprisoned on Saturday while about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport, a Spanish police source said.
McAfee was then presented to a high court judge through a video call and sent to prison without bail where he will await the extradition process. Another source, from the Catalonia region’s justice department, said he was in the Brians 1 jail, which opened in 1991 in an industrial area 45 minutes by car from Barcelona.
After he was arrested, McAfee’s official Instagram account posted a “Free McAfee” message with a photo of him. The person running the account did not return a message seeking comment.No other representatives were immediately contactable.U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed a charge on Monday against McAfee over charges that he evaded taxes and willfully failed to file returns.
That came soon after the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed it had brought civil charges against McAfee, alleging he made over $23.1 million in undisclosed compensation from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations. He is alleged to have earned millions in income from promoting cryptocurrencies, as well as through consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.