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Fugitive net millionaire McAfee caught: report

Reported by Matthew Henry and AFP
Thursday, December 6, 2012
John McAfee shunned his net business for a life of adventure seeking. (image supplied)
John McAfee shunned his net business for a life of adventure seeking. (image supplied)
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Fugitive internet millionaire John McAfee has been caught after weeks on the run from authorities, according to a report.

McAfee's arrest for illegally entering Guatemala was announced by the country's interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, news agency Reuters reports.

There is no international arrest warrant for the 67-year-old former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who went on the run from his home on the Belizean paradise island of Ambergris Caye after neighbour Gregory Faull was murdered on November 11.

McAfee and girlfriend Sam Vanegas, 20, managed to evade Belizean authorities for more than three weeks.

Phony reports that McAfee had been captured emerged earlier this week after the elusive millionaire made a blog post claiming he had been arrested.

In a bizarre twist, McAfee later claimed his "body double" was stopped at the Mexican border carrying a North Korean passpost.

The elaborate ruse was reportedly used to confuse police while he crossed the border to Gueatemala.

"We are applying for political asylum," McAfee told journalists in Guatemala City on Tuesday, hours after securing the services of Telesforo Guerra, a former Guatemalan attorney general who is also Vanegas's uncle.

McAfee "sought refuge in Guatemala because it was the nearest country, and his life was in danger," he said.

McAfee amassed an estimated $100 million fortune during the early days of the Internet in the 1990s, designing the pioneering anti-virus software that bears his name, before opting out to become an intrepid adventure-seeker.

Faull, a 52-year-old Florida expat, was discovered on November 11 by his housekeeper with a 9mm slug in his head, lying in a pool of his own blood.

No charges have been laid against McAfee, who was embroiled in a bitter neighbourly dispute with the deceased and has so far only been declared a "person of interest" in the case.

Three of McAfee's associates have been remanded in custody for alleged firearm offenses and are expected in court in Belize on December 19.

McAfee decamped to Belize in 2009 after losing most of his fortune due to bad investments and the financial crisis.

According to a raft of profiles in the US media, his lifestyle became increasingly extreme as he descended into a hedonistic binge centred on experimental drug use and young prostitutes.

20/12/2014 02:46Sydney, Australia. 20 December,2014
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