Not only has the notorious PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz fled to South America, according to Sony he's lied about the status of his PlayStation Network account too.
Statements sourced from documents filed under the Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC v. Hotz case indicate;
...over the last several weeks. Hotz has engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn – regardless of whether the Court has ordered such discovery or not. Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America...
In addition, Sony called into question Hotz's court declaration regarding the status of his PlayStation Network account;
On January 12, 2011, Hotz submitted a declaration to the Court (Docket No. 19-1) in which he made unequivocal statements on a number of topics. However, when it came to discussing the PSN account, Hotz equivocated, stating: “To the best of my knowledge and belief, I do not have a PlayStation Network account.”
Unfortunately for Hotz, Sony then went on to provide records showing that a PS3 owned by Hotz was used on March 10, 2010 to create a PSN account under the user name “blickmanic.” The IP address associated with the registration is located in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where Hotz lives.
As Sony point out, ownership of a PSN account carries with it certain legal requirements for use;
As discussed above, to create his PSN account, Hotz was required to first agree to the terms of the PSN User Agreement and thus he is clearly subject to personal jurisdiction in California.
We can only hope Hotz has brushed up on his Spanish. Thanks VGHQ.