John McAfee, who founded McAfee Antivirus, is in trouble with a country which he has given millions of dollars to help out.
McAfee lives in Belize and has even given the country’s Coastguard a patrol ship.
Now he says that he has become a target of the Gang Suppression Unit after failing to bribe a local political boss of the district where he lived.
McAfee says the GSU came busting into his research facility in Orange Walk, killed his dog, took his passport, handcuffed him and arrested him on a bogus weapons charge.
The GSU took sledge hammers to every door, when they were not locked, confiscated his passport, all of the weapons used for security on the compound, handcuffed him and held for 14 hours.
McAfee was arrested on a bogus charge of having an illegal firearm. He said that one of the GSU officers took all of his firearm licenses and put them in his vest. When he took them out to check the firearms, one was missing.
There were copies which meant that the police could not hold him, but it took the intervention of the American embassy to get released. They confiscated his passport and claimed they didn’t have it.
McAfee is particularly cross because he has given 2 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. McAfee has also started programs to feed children and helped mothers whose husbands have simply disappeared.
But he said that he didn’t invest in politics or any political party.
The politician who expected money was miffed that McAfee gave a million dollars to the police department and he got nothing. Immediately after that, his aids allegedly began a campaign of calling to the local radio stations on Saturday morning talk shows saying that the while man at the toll bridge with the security guards had to go because he had to be doing something illegal.
McAfee had the last laugh. The politician did not get reelected, but judging by local press reports the GSU still felt obliged to do his bidding.