Software Millionaire John McAfee Arrested in Dominican Republic

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Software company founder John McAfee speaks in front of this hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on December 13, 2012, a day after being deported to US from Guatemala, where was detained for immigration violations. (Credit: PAULA BUSTAMANTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Software company founder John McAfee speaks in front of this hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on December 13, 2012, a day after being deported to US from Guatemala, where was detained for immigration violations. (Credit: PAULA BUSTAMANTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Millionaire John McAfee said Wednesday that he was released from detention in the Dominican Republic along with five others.

The Caribbean island’s armed forces and public ministry said earlier in the day that McAfee was taken into custody along with U.S. citizens Elizabeth McAfee and Richard Alan Gibson, Robert Whitfield of Germany, Oral Thompson of The Bahamas and Vasner Louis of Haiti.

They were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear, officials said.

McAfee tweeted: “I was well treated. My superiors were friendly and helpful. In spite of the helpful circumstances, we’ve decided to move on. More later.”

McAfee developed early internet security software and has been sought by authorities in the U.S. and Belize in the past.

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