Silicon Valley software guru John McAfee admitted to playing the “crazy card” and faked an illness in Guatemala that bought him time to get back to America, according to ABC News.
McAfee was taken out of a Guatemalan detention center on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital Dec. 6 in a ruse to buy time for a judge to hear his case and stay his deportation to Belize, where he is still wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull.
“It was a deception but who did it hurt?” McAfee, 67, told ABC News. “I look pretty healthy, don’t I?”
McAfee was released by Guatemalan authorities Wednesday night and flown to Miami where he told ABC News he’s broke but is trying to get his 20-year-old and 17-year-old girlfriends into the country.
“I have nothing now,” McAfee said.
He told ABC News that he left 15 properties and $20 million worth of investments behind in Belize.
“I’ve got a pair of clothes and shoes, my friend dropped off some cash,” he said.
After he arrived on Miami’s South Beach, he said a mysterious “Canadian friend” ordered another man he’d never met to drop off a wad of $5 bills.
He said all of the media attention saved him.
“What’s a better story, millionaire mad man on the run…. Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching.”