Facebook has called Paul Ceglia, who claims 50 percent ownership of the company, a ‘fraud’.
In documents filed in an ongoing lawsuit between Paul Ceglia and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company alleged that the evidence presented by Ceglia to the court was fabricated and asked the court to dismiss the case.
Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from New York, filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, claiming that he owned 50 percent of the company. Ceglia said that Zuckerberg had signed a $2,000 contract for Facebook’s initial funding that entitled him to half of the company.
Facebook admitted that Zuckerberg had indeed signed a contract with Ceglia but for a different venture called StreetFax.com. Facebook claims that Ceglia used that contract to doctor a new one which he then produced as evidence in the court. Ceglia also claimed to have email records of his conversation with Zuckerberg about Facebook. The company dismissed that evidence as fabricated.
“This lawsuit is a brazen and outrageous fraud on the Court. Plaintiff is an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders. The purported contract was signed in 2003, yet Plaintiff waited until 2010 to file this action — a seven-year delay during which Plaintiff remained utterly silent while Facebook grew into one of the world’s best-known companies,” the lawsuit read, Buffalo News reports.