Doctors Dismiss Heart Attack Claims; McAfee Back in Guatemalan Cell

Friday, 07 Dec 2012 01:03 PM

By Michael Mullins

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With his heart apparently OK and his political asylum request rejected by Guatemala, tech mogul John McAfee, 67, sat in a jail cell on Friday waiting to be returned to Belize for questioning in the murder of his neighbor.

The eccentric millionaire was arrested on Wednesday after entering Guatemala illegally and is being held in a detention center reserved for those caught trying to transit the Central American nation on their way to the United States.

On Thursday night, McAfee was rushed to a Guatemalan hospital complaining of chest pains.

Despite his attorney’s suggestion that McAfee had suffered a minor heart attack, authorities downplayed the incident, telling reporters that he appeared to have been suffering stress-induced chest pains. He was returned to the detention center three hours later.

McAfee's attorneys are fighting to keep him in Guatemala.

Earlier in the week, McAfee predicted that if returned to Belize he would be killed by the government. McAfee, who claims to have proof of government corruption in Belize, says he’s been “continually harassed by” Belize officials since relocating there from California in 2008.

In response to McAfee’s claim, on Wednesday Belize’s prime minister called the eccentric tech entrepreneur “extremely paranoid” and “bonkers.”

Since early November, the software guru had been evading Belize officials after his neighbor, American businessman Gregory Faull, 52, was found shot to death in his home.

The neighbors were not friendly, with Faull often arguing with McAfee over his barking dogs. On Nov. 9, McAfee found his four dogs poisoned on his property. Two days later, Faull was killed in his home.

Though Belize police did not identify McAfee as a suspect, the millionaire decided to flee the nation with his 20-something girlfriend, using a series of disguises to evade capture, including altering his appearance to resemble an elderly man.

McAfee’s neighbors described the tech mogul as being eccentric, impulsive, volatile and at times unstable, adding that he had an obsession with guns and young women.

McAfee founded the American security software company McAfee Inc. in 1987 in his California home. In 1994 he sold his stake in the company, relocating to Belize in 2008.

According to a 2009 New York Times story, McAfee’s once $100 million fortune fell dramatically to approximately $4 million as a result of the economic crisis which significantly impacted his real estate and stock market investments.

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