Ecuador Won’t Return Fugitive and Former Facebook Claimant Paul Ceglia to the U.S.

His family had a third child while in the country, and he is now subject to court-ordered child support

Paul Ceglia
Paul Ceglia

Self-proclaimed Facebook co-founder Paul Ceglia is back in the news, as Steven Musil of CNET reported that Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno denied an extradition request by the U.S.

Ceglia was arrested in Ecuador last August, when he began battling extradition to the U.S.

After fleeing the U.S. in March 2015 with his wife, their two children and their dog, the family had a third child while in Ecuador—a son who is now 14 months old—Musil reported, making him subject to court-ordered child support in that country.

Moreno wrote in denying the extradition request, as reported by Musil, “As a protective measure against him, such order prohibits him from traveling out of the country. These are humanitarian issues, since the state is required to honor and enforce the rights of girls, boys and adolescents, according to the principle of their best interest.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janis Echenberg wrote to U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan, as reported by Musil, “The government continues to consider Ceglia a fugitive and to seek his return to the U.S. to face charges.”

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.

Following is a timeline of the Ceglia saga:

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