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Paul Ceglia Insists He’s No Fraud-He Really Owns Part Of Facebook

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The Ceglia v. Facebook lawsuit seems to keep getting stranger. Paul Ceglia, the upstate New York wood pellet salesman who says he was promised half of Mark Zuckerberg’s share of Facebook back in 2004, filed new papers in court today insisting he’s not the fraudster that Facebook maintains he is.

Two weeks ago, Facebook filed a pile of evidence that it had gathered from experts and private investigators, detailing Ceglia’s past, which includes a conviction for drug possession and several accusations of fraud. Facebook also analyzed Mark Zuckerberg’s old Harvard email account, and couldn’t find any of the emails that Ceglia presented in his lawsuit-emails that Facebook says are fakes.

In papers filed today, Ceglia insists the emails are real, as is the contract that says he owns a chunk of Facebook, which Zuckerberg’s legal team has called a “cut-and-paste job.” The new documents also note that Ceglia has taken a polygraph test that found he’s telling the truth. However, Ceglia’s new filing doesn’t respond to many of Facebook’s accusations, such as the claims that Ceglia engaged in a land fraud scheme.

The immediate issue is over “discovery,” the part of litigation where the two sides exchange evidence. Facebook wants an expedited discovery schedule because it hopes to quickly prove that Ceglia is a fraud. For his part, Ceglia has agreed to speed up discovery but insists that the sped-up schedule be “mutual,” with Facebook disclosing documents and evidence at the same time that he does.

Here’s highlights of the documents Ceglia filed today:

»  Ceglia insists the emails are real, but here’s the thing: they were originally web emails, that he has cut-and-pasted into three Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Word files. In a sworn declaration, Ceglia says that’s his standard practice for saving business-related emails. Those Word files are now in the hands of forensic experts who have filed declarations saying that the metadata indicates the dates of the Word files are in 2003 and 2004, the time period Ceglia says they came from.

»  Ceglia’s lawyers accuse Zuckerberg or his agent have deleted emails from his Harvard email account. (That doesn’t seem particularly unusual-it’s amazing that so many emails are still around, more than seven years after the fact-and none of Ceglia’s could be found.)

»  Ceglia underwent a polygraph test to indicate that he was telling the truth. In his declaration, he “respectfully suggest[s] that Mark Zuckerberg undergo the same polygraph I have in order to expose who is really telling the truth.”

»  In his declaration, Ceglia also says that the tactics of Zuckerberg and Facebook have taken “a terrible toll on me, my wife, our two sons, and even our parents.” He continues:

I have been repeatedly called a liar in the press and in the papers filed by Defendants in this action. I have been accused by Mark Zuckerberg’s counsel… of committing fraud. I have been the subject of ridiculue. I have been followed and understand that declarations have been submitted by private investigators that contain inaccurate information.

»  As to the drug conviction and the fraud accusations in Facebook’s evidence, Ceglia avoids the subject almost entirely. There’s one line in his declaration that says simply: “While I have made some mistakes in my life, I accept responsibility for those actions.”

»  That contract that Facebook says is a “cut-and-paste” job? Ceglia’s lawyers hired their own experts who say the document looks real. For example, indentations in the second page indicate it was underneath the first one when it was signed, indicating Ceglia didn’t just add the first page later. They say that further analysis is needed to date the ink, though.

»  A digital forensics company has taken charge of a bunch of Ceglia’s possessions, including 169 floppy disks, 1075 CDs, a laptop computer, and a second hard drive.

Ceglia’s lawyers said in a joint statement today: “Not only does Mr. Ceglia possess an original agreement, it has been examined by two forensic document experts, who through non-destructive techniques have found nothing to question the document’s authenticity… Mr. Ceglia’s response is supported by affidavits from four experts. Certain of those concern the emails quoted in his first amended complaint, and state that the metadata from the documents in which the emails were saved shows that the documents were saved in 2003 and 2004, contemporaneous with the dates of the emails.”

Facebook’s outside lawyer on this case, Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, said in a statement: “Ceglia’s lawsuit is a shell game, shifting and changing with every filing. This latest court filing admits that the bogus emails are, literally, a cut-and-paste job, just like the so-called contract is a fraud. There is a deafening silence in these papers: Ceglia does not dispute that he has a track record of forging documents to rip people off. And the fact that this plaintiff now has to rely on a polygraph test says it all. Everyone knows polygraph tests are easily manipulated, which is why courts routinely disregard them.”

»  Read Ceglia’s Memo supporting mutual discovery [PDF]

»  Read Ceglia’s Declaration [PDF]

7 Responses to “Paul Ceglia Insists He’s No Fraud-He Really Owns Part Of Facebook”

  1. Steve Jones

    Paul Ceglia should strike a deal with Yahoo or Google to have a lawyer team to take over Facebook and split the Facebook shares won. Not that I like Yahoo and Google but Zuckerberg should come out and be a man and say he signed that contract. Even if Paul Ceglia ended up with let’s say 10% of the FB shares that will still make him a millionaire.

  2.  I agree Facebook bringing up or trying to prove that he had drug convictions, fraud allegations etc a obvious way to distort the real issue . I believe Paul and think that Mark Zuckerberg has stolen ideas in the past and will again. I hope he has enough financial resources to win.

  3. Maybe this person got a clean polygraph test, because he has probably told himself this same lie over and over again to the point where it became the “truth” to him in his own mind. Polygraphs only measure your body’s physiological response (heart rate, respiration, pulse, blood pressure, etc.) to certain stimuli (in this case the questions asked), they do not detect lies! There is a reason why results from a polygraph test are non-admissable as evidence in courts in 49 states! There ought to be a law that says the polygraph cannot be referred to as a “lie detector”.

    How to get a false negative (clean result) on a polygraph test: Polygraph’s measure the body’s physiological response to certain stimuli, such a questions being asked. If you take Valium or Xanax an hour before you take the test, your test will show your body’s physiological response to be in normal range. In other words, it will make you look like you’re telling the truth, when in fact, you could be lying. I wonder if Ceglia will voluntarily take a drug test as well?

  4. mindctrl

    Ceglia doesn’t have to respond to ludicrous referrals to past, unrelated convictions. Facebook’s desire to bring up his drug convictions seems to be an attempt to distract from the current issues at hand. If Zuck is telling the truth, he should smack his lawyers around for not dealing with the facts directly instead of trying to discredit the man by talking about unrelated incidents.

    • newbedave


      paul ceglia passed a lie-detector test on his claim last
      week, his lawyers said in a court filing . and full force of the criminal law
      could be used against CAMERON AND TAYOR WINKLEVOSS .DIVYA NARENDRA for fraud and
      extortion, and the movie you have watched about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg
      will have to be reshot .and CHRIS HUGHES + DUSTIN are liars .
      and CAMERON AND
      WAYNE CHANG new zuckerberg
      stole the idea facebook the name facebook the concept and the execution of
      facebook .
      Aaron . Greenspan says that while he was a student at Harvard, he
      came up with the idea for Facebook ; liar.
      Kirkpatrick was given all the
      emails on how zuck stole the idea facebook and the contract to paul ceglia
      did the admin board clearly displays a lack of ethical standards at
      Harvard. Zuckerberg broke all sort of rules, laws and ethical standards

      DAVID CONTACTED CHRIS to say that david was going to sign the contract with paul ceglia .CHRIS told zuckerberg and zuck
      made contact to paul ceglia to steal the idea facebook ON APRIL 2003 .and this
      is how and why zuckerberg sign the contract with
      paul ceglia and Mark Zuckerberg
      signed the contract to Paul Ceglia . david got e-mails from zuckerberg saying he
      was not interested in the idea facebook ; david then contacted dustin chris to
      find out about this email i got from zuckerberg; they went into denial about
      this. but later on got a email from chris saying they were not interested in the
      idea facebook.and ceglia doesnt have to respond to ludicrous referrals to past; but zuckerberg will have too.

    • newbedave


      It started when DAVID was logged in to the Harvard website,(2003) where I was
      listening in to the conversations of the Harvard students. One of these students
      was Mark Zuckerberg who was talking about Face Smash and he had just broken up
      with his girlfriend at the time, so I struck up a conversation with this Mark
      Zuckerberg. He was talking about creating a dating site. I thought this was a
      bit odd – a pie in the sky idea since he had just broken up with his girlfriend
      and he was slaging her off – calling her a bitch and a whore.dave talked to
      Mark about the idea, and suggested he call it Face Mash. He was intrigued with
      my suggestion and thought it was a good idea. Mark wanted to call it Face Smash,
      because he wanted to smash his ex in the face. I convinced him that Face Mash
      was a good idea and he agreed, but one week later he changed his mind and wanted
      to call it Face Smash. When I queried him about this he replied ‘f…. off you c…-
      I’m calling it Face Smash’. Two weeks after this conversation he came up with
      the name Mashable and when I asked him why he chose the word Mashable instead of
      Face Mash he said ‘f,…off you bastard, Face mash is not your idea’. So I
      re-posted the conversations we had two weeks earlier and he had to apologize and
      said he was going with Mashable. I took this as a sign that he wanted to throw
      me off the scent and take the site for himself. dave found the character of Mark
      Zuckerberg to be deceptive and dishonest and ended conversing with Mark
      Zuckerberg because of his dishonesty and lack of integrityTHIS IS YOU MARK

  5. 50Billionaire

    Yes. And I own the other half of FB share. I have copies of email on a word document too. Please contact me to write up your next article.