The case against McAfee has been formalized as fraud and money laundering.
In addition to his business problems, anti-virus software mogul John McAfee has been indicted in New York.
Anti-virus software magnate John McAfee was indicted on various fraud and money-laundering charges in New York, thus intensifying his troubles.
75-year-year-year-old McAfee is in prison in Spain awaiting extradition to the US
Now two men, named James Watson and an associate, have been accused of using Mr. McAfee's Twitter following to defraud cryptocurrency investors.
Attorneys for the US today accused McAfee and Watson of successfully misappropriating the widely-ely used social media platform and investors' eagerness for crypto money in creating a new wealth of deception, saying that they misused that and abused both platforms and investors, said Ms. Audrey Strauss, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Some of the defendants allegedly used McAfee's Twitter account to promote various cryptocurrencies using misleading statements in order to hide their self-interested motives.
McAfee and other members of McAfee's cryptocurrency scheme reportedly stole over $US13 million from investors.
It is important for investors to be wary of social endorsements of investment opportunities
Assistant FBI Director William Sweeney Jr. claimed that the pair was found guilty of “conspiracy to commit commodity and securities fraud, as well as securities and wire fraud.”
Furthermore, it is alleged that they were also promoting digital tokens as a way to carry out previous securities schemes without telling investors about the compensation they were receiving to promote the scheme. Investing fraud and financial frauds come with a stringent penalties under federal law
According to the report, the first alleged scheme involved known as scalping. It is alleged that Mr McAfee, Mr Watson, and the rest of the team bought large quantities of publicly traded alternative cryptocurrencies at lower prices with the intent of distributing them on Twitter and leading the publicity charge to increase their value before,"
Once the purchases were made, Mr McAfee published false and misleading tweets in order to prop up the price.
in various public statements, prosecutors say that McAfee had made false promises about such information
Following this, the defendants sold their investment positions in the altcoins at “significant gains,”.
Second alleged instance, in which a member of the McAfee group used his Twitter account to publicize ICOs, start-up companies did so.
According to prosecutors, the businesses he promoted compensated him with “a large portion of the funds” in his advertisements were secret.
The total compensation for the team of Watson, McAfee, and others was $11 million in steps taken to avoid disclosure from December 20, 2017 to February 10, 2018
Separate charges have been filed against Mr. McAfee and Mr. Watson by the U.S. Securities and Commodity Futures Enforcement Commission.
Just last month, the US Department of Justice indicted him on charges of evading taxes again.
Prosecutors claimed he made millions from income from both speaking and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary, as well as promoting cryptocurrencies.
According to the DOJ, from 2014 to 2018, McAfee had not filed the required tax returns, even though he received significant income from these sources.
It is alleged that McAfee and his partners hid his income by routing his money into nominee and cryptocurrency accounts. The indictment also alleges that McAfee concealed assets by concealing their real estate, vehicles, aircraft, and yachts in the names of others.
It is possible that Mr McAfee will spend the rest of his life in prison for the charges he faces.