WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who claimed he owned part of Facebook has resurfaced. You may remember — Paul Ceglia tried to sue Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
U.S. Marshals have been looking for Ceglia ever since he cut off his ankle bracelet more than a year ago and fled with his wife, two kids and family dog.
At the beginning of this month, Bloomberg reports they received emails from Ceglia who said he he is safe with his family and in good health. He wrote he applied for Asylum in a country he will not identify.
The Wellsville Daily Reporter said many believe he is in Ireland — a country in which he has dual citizenship.
The bizarre case started 13 years ago, but more than a year ago, the Wellsville businessman was out on bail for his trial over an alleged scheme to defraud billions from Facebook. He called himself a partial owner. A judge did not see it that way.
Ceglia decided he could not go on trial and did not trust the government.
In emails to Bloomberg, he explained why he fled. He said he was forced to flee due to a “very credible” threat that he would be arrested on new charges, jailed and killed before trial.
In the emails, Ceglia also wrote he was marked for death because he was afraid the trial would expose the CIA’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, in Facebook.
Ceglia also wrote he has a regular job and hopes to start buying and selling houses to make more money.