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Phony Facebook Claimant Dumps Tracker, Vanishes Before Trial

A western New York man facing fraud charges for claiming ownership of half of Facebook Inc. based on a phony contract is missing after having removed his electronic monitoring device.

Paul Ceglia is scheduled to go on trial in May in Manhattan federal court, where Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is slated to testify against him. U.S. authorities are looking for Ceglia and his family after finding the ankle bracelet, but not Ceglia, in his Wellsville, New York, home. His lawyer said he doesn’t know where he is.