John McAfee’s personal security guard, accused of conspiring with his boss in a crypto fraud case, has pleaded not guilty.

  • Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., who was indicted earlier this month with the controversial tech entrepreneur, entered his plea in a filing with U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox in the Southern District of New York on Monday.
  • He is alleged by the U.S. Department of Justice to have duped cryptocurrency investors out of more than $13 million with McAfee, who is also being charged with several counts of wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.
  • The defendants allegedly used McAfee's Twitter account to tout various digital currencies, driving up their value before selling them.
  • They are claimed to have used misleading statements and to have not disclosed they were paid for the promotions.
  • The "pump and dump" scheme, according to prosecutors, banked McAfee and Watson more than $2 million in profit while their recommended altcoins declined substantially in value.
  • The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) brought separate charges, filing for injunctive relief and civil penalties.
  • McAfee was arrested in Spain in October on separate tax charges and awaits extradition to the U.S.

See also: Firm Allegedly Facilitated Crypto Money Laundering With Encrypted Phones

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