Everyone’s favorite “Facebook co-owner” is back in the news, as Paul Ceglia was indicted on wire fraud and mail fraud charges Monday by a federal grand jury in New York, The Steuben Courier Advocate reported, and he faces up to 20 years in prison.
It appears that Paul Ceglia, who claims to be the half-owner of Facebook, finally has an attorney. After several attorneys have taken up the case only to quickly withdraw, a U.S. District Court judge rejected Dean Boland’s filing to walk away.
The beating goes on for Paul Ceglia and his ill-fated claim to one-half of Facebook, as U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio ordered Ceglia to reimburse Facebook for almost $90,000 in attorney fees.
In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of the man who claims to own one-half of Facebook, Paul Ceglia entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud related to a contract with Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that Ceglia allegedly doctored in an attempt to claim his Facebook stake.
Self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia fought to keep Dean Boland (pictured) as his lawyer at a hearing in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday before U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio, while Facebook attorney Orin Snyderasked that Boland’s reasons for wanting to withdraw from the case be made public.
The train of bad news for self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia kept rolling on, as a federal grand jury in New York voted to indict him on one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud, the same charges that led to his arrest last month.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio will hold a hearing Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y., to consider the request by Ohio-based attorney Dean Boland (pictured) to withdraw from the rapidly sinking case of Paul Ceglia, the man who sued Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg entitled him to one-half of the social network.
The story of Paul Ceglia, who claims that he owns half of Facebook, will not die. Ceglia was arrested last week on suspicion of mail fraud and wire fraud. He has gone through seven attorneys while fighting Facebook, and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Ceglia’s eighth lawyer has walked out.
The already sputtering lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia, the man who claims to own one-half of Facebook, suffered another hit Wednesday, resulting in more strong language from already angered U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio.
The Emerald Isle can no longer serve as a refuge for self-proclaimed Facebook owner Paul Ceglia, as U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio in Buffalo, N.Y., ordered his return from Ireland to the United States.