Former Facebook Claimant Paul Ceglia Is Fighting Extradition From Ecuador

His lawsuit vs. the social network, Mark Zuckerberg proved disastrous

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Just when you think you’ve seen the last of self-proclaimed Facebook co-founder Paul Ceglia, he turned up in Ecuador.

Ceglia filed an ill-fated lawsuit against Facebook and its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in June 2010, claiming that he and Zuckerberg signed a contract in 2003, while the latter was still at Harvard University, giving Ceglia a healthy chunk of Facebook.

However, not only was the lawsuit unsuccessful, but Ceglia ended up being charged with mail fraud and wire fraud when the contract was found to be altered.

Ceglia last appeared in the news in August 2016, when the fugitive from justice emailed Bloomberg to report that he and his family were alive and well.

Reuters reported Monday that Ceglia was arrested in Ecuador and he was fighting extradition, saying at a court hearing Saturday that his life was at risk.

Ceglia’s lawyer, Roberto Calderon, told Reuters the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Ecuador does not cover the crimes Ceglia is accused of, adding, “The judge’s resolution indicates that the extradition process continues and that he is still detained. I think the process will last 45 days.”

Following is a timeline of the Ceglia saga: David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
Publish date: August 28, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT