WENY News - Local fugitive who claims to own half of Facebook loses extradit

Local fugitive who claims to own half of Facebook loses extradition battle in Ecuador

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ECUADOR (WENY) -- After three years on the run, Paul Ceglia, the man from the Southern Tier who says he owns half of Facebook lost his extradition fight in South America, according to Reuters.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Ecuador OKs extraditing self-proclaimed Facebook owner to U.S.: lawyer

He is now expected to face fraud charges in U.S. federal court in the near future.

RELATED: Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man wanted in Facebook fraud case, found in South America

Ceglia, who lived in Wellsville in Allegany County, will soon be extradited from Ecuador after fleeing the United States. He was caught in Ecuador back in August. 

As WENY reported, Ceglia is accused of cutting off his house arrest monitoring bracelet, and escaping the country with his wife and kids. Federal prosecutors says Ceglia fabricated a contract and multiple emails with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg, and could face up to 20 years behind bars once convicted.

Zuckerburg acknowledged that he did work with Ceglia at one point, but it was on an unrelated project back in 2003.

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