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.
Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit against Facebook, much like a cat, appears to be on its ninth life. Even after a judge recommended dismissing the case, Ceglia found yet another attorney to lead the fight. Joseph Alioto of California — Ceglia’s ninth lawyer — has agreed to represent the man who claims that he is the half-owner of the social network.
The long-running saga of Paul Ceglia may finally be nearing its end, as U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio recommended that the lawsuit in which Ceglia claims to own one-half of Facebook be dismissed.
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.
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 good news for self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia is that he was released from prison Friday after posting a $250,000 bond, following his arrest last month, when he was charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. The bad news: Ceglia may be on the hook for some of the legal fees shelled out by Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In what may represent the final nail in the coffin containing Paul Ceglia’s ill-fated lawsuit against Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio allowed Facebook to present a forensics report concluding that the contract between Ceglia and Zuckerberg that purportedly awards Ceglia part ownership in the social network was altered.
The shaky case brought by Paul Ceglia against Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally had the already weak foundation ripped out from under it, as U.S. postal inspectors arrested Ceglia Friday at his home in Wellsville, N.Y., charging him with falsifying records and destroying evidence.