U.S. says John McAfee indicted over fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes

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John McAfee, creator of the eponymous anti-virus software program, has been indicted in Manhattan federal court docket on fraud and cash laundering conspiracy crimes, stemming from two schemes regarding the fraudulent promotion to buyers of cryptocurrencies, officers mentioned on Friday.

McAfee and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson Jr had been charged for a scheme to take advantage of McAfee’s giant Twitter following by publicly touting cryptocurrency choices and digital tokens that they later bought as soon as costs rose on the promotions, in line with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

McAfee is being detained in Spain on separate felony prices filed by the Justice Department’s tax division, the division mentioned. Watson, an govt adviser of McAfee’s so-called cryptocurrency staff, was arrested on Thursday night time, the Justice Department mentioned. Neither may very well be reached instantly for remark.

McAfee and Watson allegedly engaged in a scheme to take advantage of the “broad reach” of McAfee’s Twitter account by shopping for cryptocurrency property, concealing a plan to liquidate them after which promoting most shortly after his endorsements boosted costs, the CFTC mentioned in a court docket doc filed on Friday.

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