Tech mogul John McAfee ‘faked death and is alive’ in Texas, ex-girlfriend claims

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The ex-girlfriend of crypto proponent and tech mogul John McAfee has claimed that the computer programmer is still alive and living in Texas, over a year after he reportedly committed suicide in a Spanish jail.  

The ex-girlfriend, identified as Samantha Herrera, made the allegation in the upcoming Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) documentary titled “Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee,”  the New York Post reported on August 23. 

According to Herrera, McAfee, who died while awaiting U.S. extradition on tax evasion charges, faked his death while in Spain. 

“I don’t know if I should say, but two weeks ago, after his death, I got a call from Texas: ‘It’s me, John. I paid off people to pretend that I am dead, but I am not dead,’” Herrera claimed. 

Herrera further alleged that according to McAfee, only three people know he is still alive. Interestingly, the woman claimed the controversial businessman had asked her to run away with him. 

McAfee’s trouble with law 

Under the crypto charges, prosecutors accused the antivirus software company founder of engaging in a pump-and-dump scheme to defraud crypto investors. McAfee and his team were charged with leveraging the businessman’s Twitter account to promote the fraudulent scheme. 

Consequently, the Department of Justice alleged that McAfee fraudulently earned over $2 million in illicit profits. 

It is worth mentioning that before the death, McAfee, in a series of tweets, claimed that if he were found dead, suicide would not be the cause.

McAfee’s body unclaimed  

McAfee’s death was surrounded by controversy, and by June 2022, his body was still lying in a Spanish morgue after his family launched a legal case for further checks. The case is yet to be dissolved. 

Notably, Spanish authorities have noted that it is uncommon for identified bodies not to be reclaimed by their families for a long time. 

Herrera reportedly started dating McAfee when she was 18 years old but they fled from San Pedro in 2012 after the suspicious death of their next-door neighbour. The Netflix documentary that comes out on August 24 tracks McAFee’s life while on the run. 

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