Chad Essley sat down with Mary Emily O’Hara for an Interview and told her … he saw a potential wealthy client. So he pitched a Web animation proposal to a man whose identity he didn’t know beyond a screen handle.

The reply from the man on the message board? “‘Sure, do it,’” Essley recalls. “Then he immediately wired me $5,000. All of it. Up front. That’s when I realized who he was.”

The mystery client was John McAfee.

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