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Internet Entrepreneur McAfee ‘Expelled’ From Guatemala

December 12, 2012

Internet entrepreneur John McAfee, wanted for questioning by police in Belize over the murder of a U.S. citizen, arrived in Miami after being expelled by Guatemala for illegally entering the country.

“I am in South Beach,” McAfee, 67, wrote on his blog after arriving at Miami’s international airport. Earlier today, in an interview on Bloomberg Television before departing Guatemala, he said he was being forced out of the Central American country but that he was “perfectly happy with the decision.”

Guatemalan authorities detained McAfee on Dec. 5 after he crossed the border from Belize, where police call him a “person of interest” in the murder of neighbor Gregory Faull, a 52- year-old contractor and Florida native found dead in Ambergris Caye last month.

McAfee, who sought asylum in Guatemala, said he apologized to President Perez Molina for putting him in a “slippery position.”

The founder of a popular anti-virus software company has turned his run from authorities into a spectacle, sending updates to reporters and posting missives to his own website and Twitter account. He has discussed eluding authorities by burying himself in sand and changing his appearance.

McAfee relocated to Belize in 2008 after his $100 million fortune was reduced to $4 million following 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.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eric Sabo in Panama City at esabo1@bloomberg.net; Harrison Westwater in San Francisco at hwestwater@bloomberg.net; Cory Johnson in San Francisco at cjohnson114@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Faries at wfaries@bloomberg.net


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