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Paul Ceglia moves to Ireland; Facebook lawsuit continues

August 9, 2011 |  2:45 pm

Has Paul Ceglia skipped the country?

The New York state man with a checkered past who claims he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook, won't be in federal court for the next hearing in the case. He has moved to Ireland.

ZuckerbergA Ceglia family friend told his former hometown newspaper the Wellsville Daily Reporter: "He does not feel comfortable in Wellsville."

 Reports place him in Galway, the third largest city on Ireland's West Coast.

They say that Ceglia lived for six years in Corofin, a village and parish near Galway. His mother, Veronica Keaveney, is Irish and hails from Cummer, another nearby parish. That's where Ceglia attended school in the 1980s and his grandparents for years ran a dance hall on a major thoroughfare, the N17.

His San Diego attorney Jeffrey Lake could not be reached for comment.

Facebook said in a court filing last week that it has uncovered a "smoking gun," proving Ceglia's claim to part ownership in Facebook is bogus.

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Mark Zuckerberg unveils a new product at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters in August 2010. Photo: Robert Galbraith / Reuters 

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