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Facebook Fugitive Paul Ceglia Arrested in South America

  • Ceglia faces charges he forged 2003 contract with Zuckerberg
  • Ceglia cut off ankle bracelet, fled with family in 2015
Paul Ceglia exits federal court in New York on Nov. 28, 2012.
Paul Ceglia exits federal court in New York on Nov. 28, 2012.

Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

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Paul Ceglia, the western New York man who fled to escape charges he faked a contract with Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg, is in custody in Ecuador, after more than three years on the lam with his family.

Ceglia, 45, had been missing, along with his wife, two sons and dog, since March 2015, when U.S. marshals forced their way into Ceglia’s Wellsville, New York, home and discovered he’d cut off an ankle bracelet and attached it to a ceiling-mounted, motorized device he rigged to hide his escape. He was awaiting trial on fraud charges in New York.