Reporter Tim Graham traveled to Ceglia’s hometown of Wellsville, N.Y., finding that all was not so well with residents’ opinions of their local “celebrity.”
Wellsville High School classmate Ira Warboys told The Buffalo News:
The whole time I’ve ever known him, he was into conning people. Any way he could make easy money, that’s what he did for a living. He can talk a real good story, but in the long run, he’s nothing but a joke.
Greg Conklin, who sued Ceglia over farmland in Livingston County that he purchased from the alleged Facebook co-founder, only to find that Ceglia did not own the property, added:
He’s just a shyster. I’d really like to see a guy like that do a few years. I hope he gets painted for what he is in a court of law. His character should discredit any claims against anything he says he’s earned. He’s a low-life.
A merchant on Main Street who declined use of his name chimed in, “When you shake Paul Ceglia’s hand, you better count your fingers afterward.”
The only remotely positive quote about Ceglia came from Erica Sale Ferlazzo, who was voted “most opinionated” and “class gossip” in their high school class. She told The Buffalo News:
He was not popular, not very well-known. I don’t think people even know him well now. I was kind of friendly with him. All I remember is he wanted to go out with me and my parents wouldn’t let me. They were not fans. I liked him because he was different. He really was mysterious. He had a little bit of a bad-boy image, but he wasn’t. He was always nice to me.
Ceglia did not respond to requests for comment by The Buffalo News.