How Paul Ceglia Escaped the U.S. Marshals Service

The Paul Ceglia story continues to become more puzzling: The self-proclaimed co-owner of Facebook evaded federal monitoring by attaching his electronic ankle bracelet to a “hand-made contraption” that simulated movement.

PaulCeglia650The Paul Ceglia story continues to become more puzzling by the minute, as Bloomberg reported that the self-proclaimed co-owner of Facebook evaded federal monitoring by attaching his electronic ankle bracelet to a “hand-made contraption” that simulated movement.

Representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service discovered the device upon entering Ceglia’s home in Wellsville, N.Y., this past Sunday. His trial on fraud charges is set to begin May 4.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wilson said in court papers Wednesday, as reported by Bloomberg, that marshals found Ceglia’s ankle bracelet hanging from the ceiling while mounted to the device, adding:

The purpose of the contraption appeared to be to keep the bracelet in motion using a stick connected to a motor that would rotate or swing the bracelet.

Wilson said a timer was attached to the charger for the ankle bracelet to give the impression that Ceglia was at home charging the device, Bloomberg reported.

Charles Salina, the federal marshal for western New York state, told Bloomberg it is believed that Ceglia is with his wife, two sons and dog, but his whereabouts are uncertain, including whether he is still in the country. Salina added that Ceglia is now considered a wanted fugitive by the U.S. Marshals Service.

New York State Police also asked for the public’s help in the search for Ceglia, wife Iasia Ceglia (36) and their 10- and 11-year-old sons, after they were reported missing by her family, Bloomberg reported.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reported that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals gave Ceglia until next Friday to explain why it shouldn’t dismiss his appeals in his civil suits against Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Justice Department.

According to the Daily News, Salina asked anyone who might have information on the case or on the whereabouts of Ceglia or his family to call the U.S. Marshals’ office at 800-336-0102.

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