McAfee software creator jailed in Spain, sources say

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John McAfee, an anti-virus software creator indicted for fraud in the United States, was in jail on Tuesday pending extradition procedures after being arrested in Barcelona airport at the weekend, sources said.

The McAfee software founder was detained on Saturday when about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport, a Spanish police source said.

A judicial source said McAfee was then presented to a high court judge through a video call and sent to prison without bail where he will await the extradition process.

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John McAfee, U.S. anti-virus software guru, addresses a news conference outside the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City December 4, 2012. McAfee, who is on the run from police in Belize seeking to question him in a murder probe, has crossed into Guatemala and said on Tuesday he will seek political asylum there. McAfee has been in hiding for three weeks since police in Belize said they wanted to question him as "a person of interest" about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, with whom McAfee had quarrelled. REUTERS/William Gularte (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS HEADSHOT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
John Mcafee, anti-virus software guru, arrives for a news conference outside of the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, December 4, 2012. Mcafee, whom the police in Belize wanted to question as "a person of interest" about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, has requested for asylum in Guatemala, his lawyer said on Tuesday.REUTERS/William Gularte (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
John McAfee, anti-virus software guru, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Guatemala City, December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
John McAfee, anti-virus software guru, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Guatemala City December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
U.S. anti-virus software guru John McAfee (L) sits next to an INTERPOL agent after his detention in Guatemala City December 5, 2012. Guatemalan police arrested McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder. REUTERS/Policia Nacional Civil/Handout (GUATEMALA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
John McAfee, anti-virus software guru, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Guatemala City, December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
Software pioneer John McAfee is escorted by immigration officers to the Guatemalan Airport in Guatemala City December 12, 2012. McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a neighbor, told Reuters on Wednesday that he has boarded a plane for Miami after being deported from Guatemala. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Computer software pioneer John McAfee speaks with reporters outside his hotel in Miami Beach, Florida December 13, 2012. McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American, arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening after he was deported by Guatemala, according to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY MEDIA)
Computer software pioneer John McAfee speaks with a reporter from a taxi outside his hotel in Miami Beach, Florida December 13, 2012. McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American, arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening after he was deported by Guatemala, according to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY)
Computer software pioneer John McAfee speaks with reporters outside his hotel in Miami Beach, Florida December 13, 2012. McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American, arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening after he was deported by Guatemala, according to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Computer software pioneer John McAfee speaks with reporters outside his hotel in Miami Beach, Florida December 13, 2012. McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American, arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening after he was deported by Guatemala, according to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: LAW SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: John McAfee (R) participates in a fireside chat at the C2SV Technology Conference Day Three at McEnery Convention Center on September 28, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: John McAfee participates in a fireside chat at the C2SV Technology Conference Day Three at McEnery Convention Center on September 28, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 11: John McAfee founder of McAfee anti virus/security software was the keynote speaker for the 10th anniversary Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. McAfee a candidate for president spoke first with a panel then keynote address Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images )
DENVER, CO - MAY 11: John McAfee founder of McAfee anti virus/security software was the keynote speaker for the 10th anniversary Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. McAfee a candidate for president spoke first with a panel then keynote address Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images )
John McAfee (C), founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, arrives at the China Internet Security Conference in Beijing on August 16, 2016. / AFP / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
John McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, speaks to journalists at the China Internet Security Conference in Beijing on August 16, 2016. / AFP / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
John McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, speaks during the China Internet Security Conference in Beijing on August 16, 2016. / AFP / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A third source, from the Catalonia region's justice department, said he was in the Brians 1 jail, which opened in 1991 in an industrial area 45 minutes by car from Barcelona. Some local politicians have been jailed there for corruption.

After he was arrested, McAfee's official Instagram account posted a "Free McAfee" message with a photo of him. The person running the account did not return a message seeking comment.

No other representatives were immediately contactable.

U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Monday against McAfee over charges that he evaded taxes and wilfully failed to file returns.

That came shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed it had brought civil charges against McAfee, alleging he made over $23.1 million in undisclosed compensation from false and misleading cryptocurrency recommendations.

He is alleged to have earned millions in income from promoting cryptocurrencies, as well as through consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.

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