Tech millionaire John McAfee arrested in Spain for US tax evasion

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US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee gestures as he arrives at the Aurora international airport in Guatemala City. McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala decided to expel the American back to the United States instead. McAfee, who entered Guatemala illegally after more than three weeks on the run, is wanted in Belize for questioning over his neighbor's murder last month. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee gestures as he arrives at the Aurora international airport in Guatemala City. McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala decided to expel the American back to the United States instead. McAfee, who entered Guatemala illegally after more than three weeks on the run, is wanted in Belize for questioning over his neighbor's murder last month. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Eccentric tech millionaire John McAfee was arrested in Spain in the early hours today on US charges of evading tax.

The American, who was born on a US Army base in Gloucestershire and who founded anti-virus software company McAfee, allegedly failed to report millions earned from promoting cryptocurrencies and speaking engagements.

Allegedly he promoted seven unnamed ICOs (initial coin offerings) on Twitter making more than £18 million - but failed to disclose the pay.

He was charged by the US Department in June but the indictment was only unsealed after his arrest.

He faces extradition to the US and up to 30 years in prison.