El guardaespaldas de John McAfee se declara inocente de su participación en estafas criptográficas por valor de 13 millones de dólares

A former navy seal and bodyguard to the banged-up abroad McAfee antivirus software founder, John McAfee, has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he was involved in two wholesale crypto scams that duped investors out of roughly $13 millón.

Jimmy Gale Watson Jr, the former executive advisor of the “McAfee Team” — a website offering crypto tips endorsed by John McAfee, was arrested in Texas on March 4. Watson faces charges of allegedly defrauding investors through cryptocurrency scams, lavado de dinero, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit commodities and securities fraud.

En una marcha 5 indictment, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss asserted:

“McAfee, Watson, y otros miembros del equipo de criptomonedas de McAfee presuntamente recaudaron más de $13 millones de inversores que victimizaron con sus esquemas fraudulentos ".

John McAfee is currently in prison in Spain, where he was arrested for tax evasion in October 2020. Los Estados Unidos. government is currently seeking McAfee’s extradition so he can face a litany of charges including failing to submit tax returns for 2014 a 2018 while earning millions from “promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.”

Watson is accused of being involved in a series of altcoin “pump and dump” schemes during 2017 y principios 2018. The indictment claims The McAfee Team purchased large sums of altcoins at low price points before endorsing them publicly to McAfee’s hundreds of thousands of Twitter with misleading information. Once retail investors had pushed prices up in response to McAfee’s tweets, the group would then secretively dump the coins.

McAfee recently bragged on Twitter that Dogecoin was one of the altcoins he had publicly endorsed.

The pair are also accused of publicly touting initial coin offerings via McAfee’s Twitter account while “concealing that the ICO issuers were compensating McAfee and his team for his promotional tweets with a substantial portion of the funds raised from ICO investors.”

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Fuente: Cointelegraph