A former navy seal and bodyguard to the banged-up overseas McAfee antivirus software program founder, John McAfee, has pleaded not responsible to prices alleging he was concerned in two wholesale crypto scams that duped traders out of roughly $13 million.

Jimmy Gale Watson Jr, the previous govt advisor of the “McAfee Team” — an internet site providing crypto suggestions endorsed by John McAfee, was arrested in Texas on March 4. Watson faces prices of allegedly defrauding traders by cryptocurrency scams, cash laundering, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit commodities and securities fraud.

In a March 5 indictment, Manhattan U.S. Legal professional Audrey Strauss asserted:

“McAfee, Watson, and different members of McAfee’s cryptocurrency crew allegedly raked in additional than $13 million from traders they victimized with their fraudulent schemes.”

John McAfee is at the moment in jail in Spain, the place he was arrested for tax evasion in October 2020. The U.S. authorities is at the moment looking for McAfee’s extradition so he can face a litany of charges together with failing to submit tax returns for 2014 to 2018 whereas incomes millions from “selling cryptocurrencies, consulting work, talking engagements, and promoting the rights to his life story for a documentary.”

Watson is accused of being concerned in a collection of altcoin “pump and dump” schemes throughout 2017 and early 2018. The indictment claims The McAfee Workforce bought giant sums of altcoins at low worth factors earlier than endorsing them publicly to McAfee’s tons of of hundreds of Twitter with deceptive info. As soon as retail traders had pushed costs up in response to McAfee’s tweets, the group would then secretively dump the cash.

McAfee lately bragged on Twitter that Dogecoin was one of many altcoins he had publicly endorsed.

The pair are additionally accused of publicly touting preliminary coin choices through McAfee’s Twitter account whereas “concealing that the ICO issuers have been compensating McAfee and his crew for his promotional tweets with a considerable portion of the funds raised from ICO traders.”