John McAfee says U.S. has not questioned him
John McAfee talks to the media at the Beacon Hotel where he is staying after arriving last night from Guatemala on December 13, 2012, in Miami Beach, Florida. / Getty Images
MIAMI BEACH, FloridaAnti-virus software founder John McAfee said U.S. authorities have made no efforts to question him since he arrived in Miami after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in the death of his neighbor there.
"Why would they want to question me, about what?" a tired-looking but jauntily dressed McAfee, a 67-year-old British native, said Thursday from the steps of his South Beach hotel.
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McAfee was deported from Guatemala on Wednesday after sneaking in illegally from Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the death of a U.S. expatriate who lived near him on an island off the country's coast. McAfee says he did not kill the neighbor.
U.S officials said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody.
McAfee's expulsion from Guatemala marked the last chapter in a strange, monthlong odyssey to avoid police questioning about the November killing of Gregory Viant Faull. McAfee has acknowledged that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them days before some of the dogs were poisoned, but he denies killing Faull.
McAfee hid in Belize for weeks after police pronounced him a person of interest in the killing. Belizean authorities have urged him to show up for questioning but have not lodged any formal charges against him. McAfee has said he feared he would be killed if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities.
Belize's prime minister, Dean Barrow, has expressed doubts about McAfee's mental state, saying: "I don't want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers."
On Thursday, McAfee said he will stay in Miami until his girlfriend, 20-year-old Belizean Samantha Vanegas, and a friend can join him.
The eccentric millionaire also said he was anxious for a decent breakfast after days of eating terrible Guatemalan prison food.
But he bristled as reporters repeatedly asked him why he won't answer questions from officials in Belize, denying he was under investigation.
He begged the State Department to expedite visas for the friend and Vanegas, who had accompanied him when he was on the run but did not go with him to the U.S.
"Their lives are in danger," he said.
In an interview, McAfee told ABC that he'd been faking illness in Guatemala. Asked if his apparent heart problem in court there was a ruse, he said, "Of course. It kept me from going back to Belize."
He said all his money and assets were still in banks in Belize and he left Guatemala with just his clothes and shoes. He held up a stack of $5 bills and said a stranger had given them to him after he arrived in Miami.
McAfee also said he had made up stories while he was on the run to get news coverage, although it was unclear what parts of the tale he was referring to. "What's a better story (than) millionaire madman on the run?" he told ABC.
In Guatemala on Sunday, McAfee said he wanted to return to the United States and "settle down to whatever normal life" he can. "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years."
He later said he also would be happy to go to England, noting that he has dual citizenship.
McAfee has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the software company named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.
He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis. However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as describing that claim as "not very accurate at all."
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