Love would send Silicon Valley software guru John McAfee back to Belize, the country he fled earlier this month.
While McAfee has refused to return to Belize to answer police questions about the death of his neighbor, he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Friday that he would return to the country, if necessary, to retrieve his two girlfriends, ages 17 and 20.
"I did used to live with Amy and I currently live with Samantha," McAfee said.
McAfee landed in Miami on Wednesday after he was released from a detention facility in Guatemala, where he says the two women remain in hiding. "But the arm of Belize is long," he said. "They can kidnap a couple of young girls and bring them back. If that happens, I wouldn't have any choice. I would have to go back and turn myself in to prevent them from being tortured and the stuff that people do in Belize. I know it sounds mad. But this happens."
Belizean authorities have scoffed at his allegations.
McAfee, who built a namesake anti-virus software company in Santa Clara, remains a "person of interest" in the death of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull, 52, whose body was discovered Nov. 11.
McAfee told CNBC that he was on the run with Samantha Vanegas before Faull was discovered with a single gunshot to the back of his head.
They went into hiding after police raided McAfee's Belizean beachfront compound April 30 and "submitted me to a kind of torture where they put my hands behind my back, handcuffed me and kept me there for 14 hours," he said "And the next day they came back and said, 'Now would you donate the $2 million?' "
McAfee said Thursday that he left behind 15 properties and $20 million in assets in Belize. He told CNBC on Friday that he's now worth "less than $5 million, certainly."
Asked whether the money is in property or investments, McAfee responded, "I believe it's in the pockets of the politicians in Belize now."
"Making money is easy, it is," he said later in the interview. "The difficult thing in life is not making it, it's keeping it. Any idiot can make money. Keeping money, very few can do. I'll do something. I'll shine shoes. I'm 67 and I'm still breathing."
McAfee loves hoaxes but told CNBC that his run from police in Belize was no hoax.
"I do love hoaxes," he said, "but not ones that result in my detention in Guatemalan jails."
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