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Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive 163

alphadogg writes Paul D. Ceglia, who was arrested in 2012 for defrauding Facebook on the claim that he owns half the company, is now a fugitive. Ceglia cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet some time around last Friday and left home in violation of the conditions of his bail, court papers said. Ceglia claimed in a 2010 lawsuit that he was entitled to half ownership of Facebook under a 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg, who had done programming work for Ceglia's
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Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11, 2015 @04:41PM (#49236555)

    Maybe he just had enough of being monitored all the time?

    • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Wednesday March 11, 2015 @05:42PM (#49236861) Journal

      It was probably that 43,278,965th Candy Crush friend request that did it to him.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        No, like many surprised iPhone users, he discovered that extra smurfberries are NOT free, and someone has to pay the bill.

        It's just unlike Apple, Facebook wasn't so willing to refund all that accidentally-spent money.

    • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Wednesday March 11, 2015 @06:11PM (#49237023)

      He'll be caught soon . . . when he logs on to Facebook to brag about being a fugitive, the cops will know where he is . . .

      . . . with Facebook providing free info to the cops!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Only if he's stupid.

        I was a "fugitive" (as the morons in government might call it) for over a decade. Laid low, stayed off of the grid and eventually all of the "legal" entanglement disappeared. The reason I did it was because I didn't recognise the charges, sentence nor the authority behind it.

        I can honestly say "I fought the law and _I_ won". They didn't even stand a chance.

    • by Chrisq ( 894406 )

      Maybe he just had enough of being monitored all the time?

      Maybe this will turn him into a terrorist - you know like all the Muslims say that they only become terrorists because they are monitored so it must be true

  • Poor Mr. Ceglia (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11, 2015 @04:45PM (#49236577)

    He should have known: There's far too much money on the table for justice to be allowed. Did he really think he was going to take billions of dollars of value away from the people who quite literally run the world?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Somebody has allowed "them" to rule the world. They aren't really smart, actually most of them are pretty stupid, they are just very good at lobbying, they've been doing it for 2000 years. Americans let "them" in after WWII. Now have fun living in a country whose financial, media, and internet industries are controlled by "them".

    • by bondsbw ( 888959 )

      Justice? Even if his claim is legit, his involvement has been nonexistent and he has done nothing to build the company.

      It's quite difficult to describe as "just" anything resulting in a person gaining billions of dollars for such a small effort.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I'm afraid you don't know how the capitalistic system works. If you own half of the common shares of a company, you have a 50% voting power at the shareholders meeting and the right to get half of the dividends, whether you also work for it or not. Not that I consider it fair, but that's how it works.

        I don't know whether Ceglia's claim is legit or not, however it should be noted that no other company has ever had so many ownership claims as facebook in the last few years. It seems that several businessmen h

  • Paul D. Ceglia (Score:1, Interesting)

    is an idiot. BTW, I own half of Microsoft too and I have an email from 1976 from Bill Gates that said so. :rolleyes: Now Paul is going to spend a lot of time in prison instead of being treated like a first time offender by the US Attorney.
  • ... This is a sad situation.

    • gotta agree, sounds like someone building self-delusion around himself then cracking when it all comes falling down.

  • "It's complicated"

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