The National Court has suspended the extradition hearing to the United States of businessman John McAfee, creator of the famous homonymous antivirus, for not having had his defense access to the entire file, in which his country claims him for hiding, allegedly, high income from 2014 to 2018.
The second section of Criminal Matters planned to hold the extradition hearing this Friday, in which the Prosecutor’s Office supports the delivery of the American magnate, but only for three of those five fiscal years, although it has finally agreed to its suspension so that defense access to all documentation, as indicated by legal sources.
At the gates of the National Court, McAfee’s lawyer, Javier Villalba, has declared to the media the existence of “different processing errors” that could affect “the right of defense and a fair procedure”, which has led to the suspension of the hearing.
He has defined McAfee as a “forerunner of his time” who, at the time and as the creator of the antivirus, “knew how to see the problems that humanity would have, and now it is once again a free verse in everything related to alternative currencies ( in reference to cryptocurrencies) “.
For this reason, he has said, he believes his defense that “he is being punished in this way”, and has stated that the 78-year-old businessman “feels bad” because He has been in preventive detention for “nine months” when you are sued for tax crimes. “It is not a crime of blood or drug trafficking,” he protested.
He was arrested in October 2020 in Barcelona
The American magnate was arrested in October 2020 at the El Prat airport, in Barcelona, when he was about to catch a flight to Istanbul. On January 17, he refused to be handed over.
According to the account of events that supports the extradition request, the United States accuses him of allegedly hiding a series of income from the country’s public treasury between 2014 and 2018 despite the fact that “he has repeatedly declared that he is aware of his obligation and has presumed to your decision to refuse to pay taxes. “
The Prosecutor’s Office supports his delivery in relation to the 2016, 2017 and 2018 years, considering that the previous two do not have “criminal significance”, given that the allegedly defrauded fee is far from the 120,000 euros that the Criminal Code would require Spanish.
The US courts break down the income that the businessman allegedly obtained during those five years and the tax debt that he generated with his country, which amounts to more than four million dollars. He considers that he camouflaged his earnings through transfers to third parties so as not to appear as a beneficiary or the purchase of properties on behalf of others.
He points out that in 2016 Mcafee brought in more than $ 800,000, generating a tax debt of 299,339; in 2017 more than 1.2 million dollars, the majority in cryptocurrencies, and its debt rose “at least” to 680,842 dollars; and in 2018 it pocketed more than 8 million dollars, with a debt of 3.1 million.
In 2014 and 2015, years for which the prosecution does not support its delivery, the US believes that Mcafee obtained around $ 90,000 and $ 100,000, respectively, generating debts of $ 21,849 and $ 29,778.
He claims, as the Prosecutor’s Office recalls in his letter, for five alleged crimes serious tax evasion and other minor ones for “the omission in the presentation of the five income tax returns”.