Paul Ceglia has spent four years on the run to avoid a U.S. trial on charges he tried to cheat Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half the company. Now he\u2019s been ordered home. Ecuador\u2019s National Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld a Nov. 15 extradition ruling requiring that Ceglia be returned to New York to face criminal charges for allegedly making a fraudulent, multibillion-dollar claim to the social media giant. Ceglia skipped his $250,000 bail in 2015 and eluded U.S. law enforcement until he was arrested in August in a small Ecuadorian beach town. The order, by a panel of three judges in Quito, means Ceglia may face a trial with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg as the star prosecution witness. The Ecuadorian judges rejected Ceglia\u2019s claim that the country\u2019s extradition treaty with the U.S. doesn\u2019t cover the crimes he\u2019s accused of committing. Also read|\u00a0Xiaomi Mi 9 with triple cameras, MIUI 11 could launch on February 20, company sends invites "We are disappointed of course," Ceglia said in response to the ruling, according to Roberto Calderon, one of his Ecuadorian lawyers. "But we have made Ecuador our home and we will fight to stay here." Ecuador\u2019s law allows President Lenin Moreno to deny the U.S. extradition request despite Wednesday\u2019s court ruling, said Calderon. \u201cI don\u2019t think he\u2019ll receive justice in the United States," Ceglia\u2019s wife, Iasia Ceglia, said in a televised plea to Moreno before the decision. \u201cIt\u2019s a huge corporation that is behind it, that has much power and much money. They can do anything they want. And I think he\u2019ll end up in jail.\u201d Moreno\u2019s predecessor, Rafael Correa, granted asylum in 2012 to the country\u2019s most notorious foreign fugitive, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Moreno\u2019s government last year tightened the rules for Assange to remain in Ecuador\u2019s embassy in London, including a requirement he clean up after his cat. Assange said at the time he believed Moreno, who has tried to repair relations with the U.S., was seeking to force him out in response to pressure from the U.S. and U.K. Ceglia, 45, sued Facebook and Zuckerberg in 2010, claiming that a contract he signed with Zuckerberg in 2003 gave him 84 percent of the company that would grow into the world\u2019s biggest social network. Ceglia later reduced the demand to half. Zuckerberg, who in 2003 was a freshman at Harvard University, has said he signed an unrelated contract to do website coding for Ceglia. Ceglia was charged with wire fraud and mail fraud in 2012. A federal judge in Buffalo threw out Ceglia\u2019s claim in 2014 after a magistrate judge found \u201cclear and convincing evidence\u201d that Ceglia had forged the contract, destroyed evidence and created fake emails between himself and Zuckerberg to support his claim. In March 2015, Ceglia removed an electronic ankle bracelet and fled his western New York home with his wife and two sons, who were then 10 and 11, and the family\u2019s Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy. While on the lam in 2016, Ceglia claimed he had fled with his family after receiving an anonymous death threat. With Buddy in tow, the family spent more than a year hiding out in Florida and in \u201chippie communes\u201d in Georgia and Missouri, Ceglia said in an interview in Quito\u2019s \u201cEl Inca\u201d jail last year. Early in their odyssey, the Ceglias posed as an Amish family, he said. They later fled by ship from Texas to Columbia, then overland to Ecuador. Each criminal charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Ceglia says his claim against Facebook is genuine and that he didn\u2019t commit a crime. \u201cI needed to go to another country to get justice,\u201d Ceglia said in the jailhouse interview. While in Ecuador, the couple had a third son, now almost a year old. In his bid for asylum, Ceglia cited his relationship to the baby, a citizen of the nation by birth. One of Ceglia\u2019s lawyers argued that Iasia Ceglia, who isn\u2019t charged, could face charges of helping her husband flee if she returns to the U.S., potentially leaving the child without parents.