The prosecution believes that McAfee artificially manipulated the rates of cryptocurrencies.
The US Department of Justice said on Friday that John McAfee, who was behind the creation of anti-virus software, is charged with fraud and criminal conspiracy, the purpose of which was to launder money through cryptocurrency.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the criminal scheme involved McAfee and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson, Jr. A large number of followers on Twitter allowed McAfee to provoke jumps in the rates of cryptocurrencies for profit.
The US Department of Justice said that the use of this criminal scheme allowed McAfee and his accomplice to receive more than $ 13 million. The charges were filed in federal court in Manhattan.
Manhattan prosecutor Audrey Strauss said that McAfee and Watson “used the popular social network and the enthusiasm of investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception.”
McAfee is being held in custody in Spain, and Watson was arrested Thursday night in Texas.
Recall that the name of McAfee is still a manufacturer of antivirus software. John McAfee left the post of head of the company he founded in 1994.