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McAfee Founder’s Guard Arrested as Belize Investigates Killing

November 14, 2012

The British bodyguard of John McAfee, the fugitive founder of the anti-virus software maker, was detained by Belize’s police today as they investigate the murder of a U.S. citizen in the Central American country.

Belize’s police detained 29-year-old bodyguard William Mulligan and 22-year-old Stefanie Mulligan today, according to a statement today from Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the National Security Ministry. The arrests followed a Nov. 11 search of McAfee’s home on the island of Ambergris Caye in which they found two unregistered shotguns, Martinez said. William Mulligan was living at the residence.

McAfee, in an interview published on Wired magazine’s website, said he is afraid to turn himself in for questioning in the killing of Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old contractor and Florida native. Yesterday McAfee reported burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe when police arrived at his home.

“Belize is, today, still a pirate haven,” McAfee said in a letter published by Wired today. “The list of people who have died while in the custody of Belizean police would fill a phone book from an average American town.”

McAfee has been asked to explain what he knows of Faull, Martinez said.

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“At this time Mr. McAfee’s whereabouts remain unknown,” Martinez said in a phone interview from Belmopan, Belize’s biggest city. “We continue to encourage residents and members of the press to urge him to turn himself in for questioning. We are hopeful he will do so before the end of the week.”

McAfee, a 67-year-old yoga enthusiast, relocated to Belize in 2008 after his $100 million fortune was reduced to $4 million after a series of failed investments in property, real estate and bonds at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., according to a 2009 article in the New York Times. Intel Corp. (INTC:US) agreed to buy McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, at the time its largest acquisition, in 2010.

McAfee spokeswoman Tracy Ross said Nov. 12 that the company doesn’t comment on former employees and that he “retired from McAfee in 1994, and has not had any affiliation with the company since then,” in an e-mail response to requests for comment.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eric Sabo in Panama City at esabo1@bloomberg.net; Adam Williams in San Jose, Costa Rica at awilliams111@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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