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I FAKED my Heart Attack: Broke Tycoon John McAfee Admits, While On The Run

Software tycoon John McAfee may have looked  like he wasn’t playing with a full deck during his time on the run, but he  claims that he was strategically ‘playing the crazy card.’

McAfee – who made millions from the  anti-virus software firm  that bears his name – also said that he abandoned his  fortune during a hasty  escape from Belize last month following the murder of  neighbor Gregory Faull.

Following his return to the U.S. yesterday,  McAfee said that his bizarre ‘heart attack’ scare on his first night of  detention in Guatemala, which saw him whisked to a hospital with dozens of  reporters and photographers in tow last week, was nothing but an act.

Broke: While seemingly free to roam South Beach, the man who was once worth $100million says he has nothing left

Speaking to ABC  News after landing in Miami, McAfee  said admitted that he had ‘played the crazy card,’ and added: ‘It was a  deception but who did it hurt? I look pretty healthy, don’t I?’

He told the network of his relief when told  he wasn’t going to be detained by American authorities.

‘I was met by a dozen or maybe fewer  officers. I said, “Am I arrested?” They said, “No, sir, I am here to help you.”  That felt the best of all.’

But while seemingly free to roam South Beach,  the man who was once worth $100million now says that he has nothing  left.

But McAfee’s did not appear to be in total  arrears as he flashed a stack of $5 bills, telling ABC: ‘My friend dropped off  some cash.’

He criticized the Belizian authorities for  failing to catch him, and thanked reporters for their ‘role’ in securing his  escape.

‘Everyone was looking for me, and they did  not catch me,’ he told ABC. ‘I escaped, was captured and they tried to send me  back. Now I’m sitting in Miami. There had to be some ineptness.

‘What’s a better story, millionaire mad man  on the run. [The media] saved my ass. Because you paid attention to the story.  As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is  watching.’

When McAfee’s plane landed at Miami  International Airport last night, he was without a travel companion – his  20-year-old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas, who he left in Guatemala.

After landing, McAfee, 67, was escorted from  the plane by airport security officers, and he quickly checked into a hotel in  the exclusive South Beach area.

‘Some people felt uncomfortable that he  was  on our flight. … We all knew the story,’ said Maria Claridge, 36, a South  Florida photographer who was on the Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s flight to  Miami.

Source: The Daily Mail

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