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McAfee Founder Arrested Over ''Bogus Weapons Charge''
tomsguide.com ^ | 4 May, 2012 | Kevin Parrish

Posted on 05/05/2012 8:44:34 PM PDT by marktwain

John McAfee was reportedly arrested in Belize for having a firearm without a license. His story sounds just as unbelievable as the false arrest itself.

ZoomLocal news channel News 5 in Belize reports that McAfee founder John McAfee was arrested at his research facility in Orange Walk for having a firearm without a license. McAfee calls the arrest bogus, claiming that it was an intentional move because he failed to bribe a local political boss in the local district.

"On Monday at six o’clock, I was awakened by the sound of a bullhorn, a megaphone," McAfee explains. "I went outside and saw about thirty GSU in full uniform, full dressed, automatic weapons, storming through the property and drive way. I went back inside, got some clothes on, I came out. I was told to put up my hands up against the wall as was eleven other people on the compound."

At the time, there were eleven people other than McAfee present at the facility, five of which were women. The GSU said they had a warrant to search the property, but instead of simply entering through the doors and conducting their search in a civilized manner, they reportedly took sledgehammers to every door, all of which were unlocked. McAfee just stood watching, shocked.

"They confiscated my passport, all of the weapons we used for security on the compound, handcuffed me and everyone and for fourteen hours outside in the sun, I sat handcuffed without food or water," he told News 5. "We got water around noon. At three o’clock we asked for food. We were told by the GSU, 'do we look like cooks to you.' They murdered my dog in cold blood. That was the thing I think -- it was a warning to us that this is serious; don’t mess with us."

He said that during the search, they threw things around and stole many items. One of the GSU officers even confiscated all of his firearms licenses and put them in his vest. When the search was over, he pulled the licenses back out except for one. Based on this "missing" license, McAfee was charged with having a firearm without a license, and dragged him off to Belize City.

"Fortunately we had copies," he said. "We showed up later at the police station with the copies. Even then it was difficult to get out. I had to get the intervention of the American embassy to get released. By the time I got to Belize, it was sixteen hours. I slept until two a.m. on a concrete floor at the Queen’s Street Police Station until the embassy finally convinced someone to release me."

He said the police claimed they didn't have his passport even though they snatched it up during the search. "This is clearly a military dictatorship where people are allowed to go and harass citizens based on rumor alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained," he added. "It began, innocently enough, with my refusal to donate to the local political boss of the district where I lived in Orange Walk and I have given at least two million dollars in gifts to the police departments in Orange Walk, San Pedro, Belize City, to the village of Carmelita, and the City of Orange Walk."

The 64-year-old McAfee founder was never officially charged. He said he has a fair amount of money and not much to do. Thus, he has started programs to feed children, help mothers whose husbands have "simply disappeared" -- he essentially spends his money where he thinks it will do good. He doesn't invest in political parties, and he doesn't have any political affiliation, so naturally he refused to donate to the politician in question.

"I’ve given a million dollars to the police department, so he should get a huge chunk and he got nothing," he said. "Immediately after that, he began—not personality but his aids—began a campaign of calling to the local radio stations on Saturday morning talk shows saying the same thing; 'What are we going to do about the white man at the toll bridge? He has all of these security guards. He’s probably involved in illegal activities. Everybody is complaining about him.' Nothing could be further from the truth. That politician by the way did not get reelected."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; belize; ccw; mcafee
Belize is notoriously corrupt. If this can happen to a big name, wealthy individual who put millions into the local government and economy, imagine what happens to ordinary peons without connections.
1 posted on 05/05/2012 8:44:40 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Striking Belize off the possibilities for my bucket list...


2 posted on 05/05/2012 8:50:48 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: marktwain

I knew McAffee lived in Belize, didn’t realize he actually lives in Orange Walk, that’s where I grew up. Yes, there are a lot of corrupt politicians down there.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 8:53:21 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: marktwain
Darn. I've always wanted to visit Belize.

Until now ...

4 posted on 05/05/2012 8:54:57 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

” Striking Belize off the possibilities for my bucket list...”

Oh yeah!


5 posted on 05/05/2012 9:03:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: marktwain

Coincidentally, I just renewed my McAfee subscription yesterday.


6 posted on 05/05/2012 9:10:14 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: IronJack

Many years ago we visited Ambergis Caye off the coast of Belize. Flight into Belize was late so had to spend the night in Belize because there are no lights on Ambergis’ runway. Our taxi driver who was from New York told us we would be better off since we were strangers to stay in the hotel during the night time. Later explored city during daytime and bought some beautiful black coral jewelry. Reminded me some of Jamaica except was cleaner. There were some military types riding around in jeeps with machine guns mounted. Ambergis was beautiful - not very developed at that time, awesome snorkling and platters full of freshly caught lobster for dinner.


7 posted on 05/05/2012 9:11:23 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: marktwain

Wherever there is a interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done, and not less readily by a powerful & interested party than by a powerful and interested prince.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 9:14:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: marktwain

While I like the McAffee programs for puter security I did not like them accessing my private info to renew their subscription automatically. You have to dig hard to make it NON-auto renew.


9 posted on 05/05/2012 9:15:51 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: marktwain

Down in the Banana Republic
things aren’t as warm as they seem ... [Jimmy Buffet song]

I suspect it was because he was so rich and willing to fork over big bucks that this happened.

For a time, I was a Miami based Boeing 720 captain for Belize Airways in the mid 1970s. The Belizians I worked with were all nice people, but, if you wanted to get anything done, you had to do it yourself.


10 posted on 05/05/2012 11:52:05 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: marktwain
Img src="http://media.bestofmicro.com/john-mcafee,J-A-336358-1.jpg">

Mr. McAfee looks stoned.

"I went outside and saw about thirty GSU in full uniform, full dressed, automatic weapons, storming through the property and drive way. I went back inside, got some clothes on, I came out. I was told to put up my hands up against the wall as was eleven other people on the compound."

Anyone who would set up a business in a country that has writers with such a command of the English language as Kevin Parrish is looking for trouble.

11 posted on 05/06/2012 3:27:43 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: marktwain
Img src="http://media.bestofmicro.com/john-mcafee,J-A-336358-1.jpg">

Mr. McAfee looks stoned.

"I went outside and saw about thirty GSU in full uniform, full dressed, automatic weapons, storming through the property and drive way. I went back inside, got some clothes on, I came out. I was told to put up my hands up against the wall as was eleven other people on the compound."

Anyone who would set up a business in a country that has writers with such a command of the English language as Kevin Parrish is looking for trouble.

12 posted on 05/06/2012 3:28:01 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Mr. McAfee looks stoned.>

13 posted on 05/06/2012 3:29:38 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault; admin

I feel like McAfee looks. It 6:30 am and I’m trying to communicate with the world and all of a sudden I am not able to preview my posts. Thus the gobbledygook that appears above.

Anyone else have that happen? I do not have the box checked that shuts off preview.

Of course, this time it works. Oh, well.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 3:34:41 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: marktwain

You choose to live in a Third World Hellhole, what do you expect to happen?


15 posted on 05/06/2012 5:10:59 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: marktwain

ALL countries south of the U.S. border are totally corrupt.

ALL countries south of the Mediterranean are totally corrupt.

Is there something in common here?


16 posted on 05/06/2012 5:53:53 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Grams A
Ambergris Caye was one of the spots I had wanted to visit. I'm told it's idyllic. However, all the ex-pats I've talked to who have spent considerable time in Belize say it's a lot like Mexico in that things get done -- if at all -- when the workers feel like, how they feel like it, and at a cost that is ... let's say ... continually negotiable. I understand Belize City is the worst for crime, but that Belmopan and Orange Walk aren't a whole lot better, just smaller.

It's kind of discouraging, so I guess I'll have to find somewhere else to relocate my vast empire.

17 posted on 05/06/2012 6:00:09 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: marktwain
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"What are we going to do about the white man at the toll bridge?"

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18 posted on 05/06/2012 8:41:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I heard Osama was unarmed and carrying a bag of "Skillets candy" when Obama shot him.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That was my thought while reading this story. A vision of our future no doubt.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 10:14:44 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: marktwain

As the late Paul Harvey would say, here is the rest of the story:

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/145/fantasy-island.html

McAfee is in Belize to shelter his assets from numerous lawsuits stemming from the negligent operation of a extreme sport ultra light aircraft scheme.

He is shacked up with a 17 year old local minor.

He ostensibly is funding research into medicinal plant derived antibiotics, or a female viagra.

He is living in a walled compound with several armed security guards. He is living a high profile life flashing a lot of money, and also flaunting local law and sensibilities.

Whatever the source of his current troubles with local law, he seems to have brought a lot of his troubles with him.

Frgds,
3/M


20 posted on 05/06/2012 2:06:14 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: ThirdMate

Thanks for the information. It adds to the picture a good bit.


21 posted on 05/06/2012 3:36:04 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Anyone who thinks feeding the local scavengers is a safe way to placate them is a fool. After getting used to free food, the expect it.... Then they eat you when you don’t feed them.

Anyone care to argue that the US is not still the best, greatest, safest country in the world?

(minus a few hundred or so city war zones, I suppose, but then, I never go there either, having spent my time in a few third world crapholes, I kinda know what to avoid.)


22 posted on 05/07/2012 7:20:15 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: ThirdMate

welcome to the 3rd world. Rich perverts tend to be suckers.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 7:27:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

Wife and I were on a cruise in 2010 which was rerouted from Cancun to Belize, owing to an issue with H1N1. We went on a jungle tour and wife unknowingly stepped on an anthill. The bites caused her a great deal of pain. I bought a shirt and we got back on the ship. Very unlikely we’ll ever go back. BTW, an old friend of mine got his first Ambassadorship to Belize back in the day.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 8:01:43 AM PDT by Ax
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To: AppyPappy

Wife and I were on a cruise in 2010 which was rerouted from Cancun to Belize, owing to an issue with H1N1. We went on a jungle tour and wife unknowingly stepped on an anthill. The bites caused her a great deal of pain. I bought a shirt and we got back on the ship. Very unlikely we’ll ever go back. BTW, an old friend of mine got his first Ambassadorship to Belize back in the day.


25 posted on 05/07/2012 9:02:50 AM PDT by Ax
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To: marktwain

A follow up to the McAfee story, from local newspaper:

http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=12560

The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) is reporting the arrests of three Belizeans who they allege had been co-opted to seek GSU informants for John McAfee, 66, the American multimillionaire whose Orange Walk estate was raided in a GSU-led operation on his compound exactly two weeks ago, on Monday, April 30, 2012.

On Friday, May 11, the GSU reported the arrest of Matilda Victoria Garnett, 44, a second class clerk of the Vital Statistics Unit, Belize City, and Rodwell Richards, 40, who police said is an assistant manager at Benny’s, Belize City.

The GSU alleges that Garnett “contacted a member of the GSU and insisted that he socialize with her. When the encounter took place, Garnett, claiming that she was acting on behalf of McAfee, proposed to the officer that if he would provide her with reports on the operations of the GSU as they related to McAfee, he would be ‘handled’ well.”

The officer reported the matter to the officer-in-charge of the GSU, Marco Vidal, and a sting operation was conducted the following day, the GSU report said.

The report goes on to allege that “Garnett went as far that day as introducing the officer to another person who she said was one of McAfee’s “right hand” men to meet the officer.”

Police have identified that person as Richards, who, they said, made the same offer to the officer and went as far as giving him $200, with a promise of his being “well taken care of” once he kept them informed.

“According to Garnett and Richards, McAfee had become paranoid since the GSU raid and was since living in fear that the GSU would visit him again, so he wanted a ‘heads up’,” the GSU report went on to say.

Garbutt and Richards have been charged with attempting to corrupt an officer. A third person has been similarly charged – this time a police officer attached to the Fabers Road precinct.

The GSU allege in a report released to us today that on Friday, May 11, 2012, Darius Martinez, 42, a resident of Orange Walk, placed calls from his personal cell phone to a member of the GSU, seeking information on the McAfee case.

“During the first call made early in the afternoon, Martinez, who is well known to the officer whom he called, said that he was assisting INTERPOL and 922 TIPS with an investigation on McAfee and was interested in information contained in a diary found during the search executed at John McAfee’s residence in Orange Walk,” said the GSU report.

In the second call placed, said the GSU, the caller said he wanted to help his friend, “the millionaire McAfee,” and that the officer could “make money” for providing certain information and for agreeing to “watch” the Unit on his behalf.

Martinez was not at home when police tried to apprehend him in Orange Walk, and police say they arrested him in Belmopan at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. He faces charges of “attempting to corrupt an officer, resisting arrest and using obscene language.”

Amandala tried to find out from Vidal if they are also intending to charge McAfee; however, he declined comment.

For his part, McAfee, whom we contacted via phone, this morning denied the allegations, and questioned how a full-time employee of a private company – Benny’s (referring to Richards) could be his right-hand man.

He also went on to question why it is that the Gang Suppression Unit is “harassing businesspeople over minor charges ...” “I am not saying that they should not be pursued, but why is the Gang Suppression Unit the one doing it?” he asked.

Meanwhile, McAfee, who continues to maintain that he is being persecuted with false charges, is threatening to initiate legal action against police on behalf of the persons who, he contends, were falsely imprisoned for 14 hours when the security forces raided his home on April 30.

The world-renowned founder of McAfee Antivirus software furthermore told Amandala today, Monday, that police have refused to return the guns belonging to his security company, although they are legitimately licensed.

“I want my property back and an apology,” said McAfee, claiming that the police have made “nonsense charges” against him.

McAfee told us that police have kept all his guns, including those which police were able to confirm ownership of within their system.

The guns are licensed to Belize Ecological Services Ltd., a company owned by John McAfee and Noel Codd.

Attorney Philip Palacio of the law firm Morales & Co., which acts for McAfee, told Amandala that they had sent a letter to the Officer Commanding — Eastern Division of the Police Department, Elodio Aragon, based on instructions from McAfee, to retrieve his firearms, and they were directed, instead, to the Commissioner of Police (Ag.), David Henderson, with whom they met last week, May 8.

Henderson, who has since left Belize and is not due to return until Wednesday, indicated, according to Palacio, that the investigations are still continuing because the police have two main concerns: (1) the propriety of the issuance of the license for the 9-mm gun and (2) possible breaches in the licensing procedure for the security guards.

Police had charged Emerson Michael, McAfee’s property manager; Austin Allen, 46; and Emerson Dominguez, 23; for “providing security services without a license.”

Police had also reported that they had found seven 12-gauge pump action shotguns (one of which had a scope), one 12-gauge single action shotgun, one Taurus 9-mm pistol and one 9-mm CZ pistol at McAfee’s estate, and McAfee produced a company firearm license for all except the single action weapon, licensed to Tyron Morales, and the 9-mm CZ pistol with serial number A796245.

Police went on to say that the license produced for the gun with serial number A796245 oddly did not contain the gun’s serial number or brand.

McAfee said that he had produced the original license for this weapon, along with the letter of approval from the Police Department.

“Why would I license 9 guns and try to get by without licensing one?” he asked us.

Palacio said that their request for the return of the 7 guns for McAfee’s security staff, for which ownership has been proven, has to date been denied.

Palacio also indicated that the law firm has received no further instruction on the plan to seek legal redress for false imprisonment of those who were on McAfee’s property during the raid, and they are awaiting instructions, via Codd, on how to proceed.

McAfee told our newspaper this morning, however, that “we are proceeding...on behalf of the contractors and workers held for 14 hours, and we will be filing false arrest claims.”

McAfee has said that he is being persecuted because he declined a request from a politician of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), for a campaign donation before the March 2012 elections. He said that he does not pump his money into politics.

Deputy UDP leader, Gaspar Vega, Orange Walk North area representative and leader of the UDP’s northern caucus, told our newspaper that he is not aware of any such occurrence, and McAfee has to be a bit more specific about the person to whom he is referring. Vega said that Carmelita residents have complained to him that McAfee likes to walk around the area with bodyguards and big guns, and whenever he travels on the road, he does so with armed security in front and behind him.

In explaining why he has heavily armed security, McAfee had two weeks ago, right after the GSU raid, expressed concerns about the high crime rate in Belize. He also said that he has been threatened with both robbery and kidnapping attempts in the past. He said that he had also hired security guards for his estate through his private company.

He told us today that since the April 30 GSU incident, he has not returned to his estate, located near the Toll Bridge in Orange Walk, because he has no security.


26 posted on 05/17/2012 10:38:13 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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