‘Anything is possible’ – John McAfee’s wife responds to fake death allegations

The wife of crypto evangelist and computer programmer John McAfee has responded to an ex-girlfriend’s claim that she faked her husband’s death and is now in hiding. John McAfee died in a prison cell in Spain in June 2021 awaiting his extradition to the United States after allegedly filing no tax returns and reporting income from 2014 to 2018 for pushing and advising crypto projects.

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In a Netflix documentary titled ‘Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee’ released on Wednesday about McAfee’s life and death, an ex-girlfriend named Samantha Herrera claimed she received a call from the computer programmer two weeks after she reported it. last:

“I got a call from Texas. ‘It’s me, John, I paid off people to pretend that I am dead but I am not dead. You’re only [the third] person in this world that knows that I’m still alive.’ And then he asked me to run away with him.”

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Authorities in Spain had held McAfee since October 2020, but McAfee was still the subject of many claims in the United States. McAfee posted a picture of a tattoo to his Twitter account in November 2019, implying that he could be targeted by US authorities, saying, “If I committed suicide myself, I didn’t.”

In a statement to Cointelegraph, Janice McAfee said she was largely not taking the claims in the documentary seriously:

“We are talking about John McAfee so anything is possible but the likelihood of him being in Texas and that being shared to the world in a Netflix documentary is unlikely. Texas is a great place but John was being held in a Spanish prison because of trumped charges against him from the IRS and the SEC, so I doubt he would choose to hide out in America.”

“John McAfee’s life has been shrouded in controversy and it is appropriate that his death be the subject of controversy,” said Janice McAfee.

John McAfee

McAfee has made frequent headlines in the crypto space and in the mainstream media. In July 2017, he claimed that the price of Bitcoin (BTC) would reach $500,000 by 2020 and that if the prediction failed, he would “eat (his) dick on national television”. In the end, he did not fulfill this bet and later said that the crypto asset price will reach $1 million by 2021.

In October 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission McAfee and his partner Jimmy Gale Watson, Jr. filed a complaint against him, alleging that he supported the initial coin offering scheme. The District Court for the Southern District of New York later fined Watson $375,000. During his time in prison from October 2020 until his death in June 2021, McAfee regularly posted updates on his Twitter account, initially explaining the circumstances of his incarceration and his losses, saying he was “pleased” with his situation and his friends.

About Hama Amefiz

Amefiz is a professional blockchain, cryptocurrency and tech journalist, regular contributor to newsbsc.com who is writing analysis about the latest developments in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

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