Facebook fugitive Paul Ceglia detained in Ecuador

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Paul Ceglia has actually been detained in South America after 3 years on the lam.


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Paul Ceglia, who has actually been a fugitive for 3 years after being charged with attempting to defraud Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, has actually been detained in Ecuador, United States authorities stated Thursday.

Ceglia, a wood pellet salesperson in upstate New York, went missing out on in March 2015 with his household after cutting off an electronic tracking bracelet from his ankle. At the time of his disappearance, Ceglia was waiting for trial in New York federal court on charges of mail scams and wire scams associated to his supposed effort to obtain billions of dollars from Facebook and Zuckerberg.

In a letter to United States District Court Judge Vernon Broderick, district attorneys stated Ceglia was detained Thursday early morning in Ecuador and is anticipated to appear in a Quito courtroomFriday Prosecutors stated they’ll upgrade the court as they find out more about Ceglia’s extradition procedures.

Ceglia, 45, submitted a suit versus Zuckerberg in 2010, declaring that he and Zuckerberg, then a trainee at Harvard University, signed an agreement in April 2003 that assured Ceglia a 50 percent stake in the new web endeavor that was to end up being Facebook.

Ceglia consisted of a two-page agreement and e-mails in between him and Zuckerberg as proof of the contract. After a forensic assessment of the proof, authorities stated Ceglia merely falsified the very first page of the agreement and connected it to a 2nd page including both celebrations’ signatures.

Ceglia’s suit versus Zuckerberg was dismissed in 2014 after a judge stated he discovered clear proof that the 2003 agreement sent in the claim was a “recently created fabrication.”

Authorities likewise state Ceglia produced the e-mails in between the 2.

Robert Ross Fogg, a legal representative for Ceglia in the criminal case, stated in an e-mail Thursday he was “surprised” by the arrest however likewise “relieved” that Ceglia was detained without event. He likewise stated he eagerly anticipates resuming his deal with Ceglia’s defense.

Ceglia, who was charged with scams in 2012, deals with 20 years in jail if founded guilty of the initial charges. The penalty for illegal flight to prevent prosecution is a fine and/or approximately 5 years in jail.

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