SEC charges John McAfee with ICO advertising

The millionaire and former US presidential candidate has again legal difficulties.

Update: The Justice Department reported that John McAfee has been arrested in Spain for tax evasion and is about to be extradited to the United States

On Monday, the US regulator, the SEC, filed a lawsuit against John McAfee for promoting and supporting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) without saying that the Bitcoin Trader issuers paid him for them. This is a violation of US securities law.

The lawsuit states: „At least from November 2017 to February 2018, McAfee used his fame and received over 23.1 million US dollars (‚USD‘) in silent payment. For this he should give his Twitter followers at least seven“ initial Recommend Coin Offerings „or ICOs.“

The SEC mentions seven unnamed ICO issuers who spoke privately with the McAfee team

They asked him to publicly support their ICOs and in return he received a payment in the respective coins and in Bitcoin. It’s illegal and has previously led the commission to crackdown on other celebrities such as DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather. They had also supported ICOs without saying that they were paid for it.

The SEC’s lawsuit also mentions a famous moment when McAfee made one of his strange predictions about the Bitcoin price. He ultimately took those predictions back , claiming he was only trying to spark public interest in BTC.