Paul Ceglia is the New York man that entered a freelance agreement with Mark Zuckerberg when he was a freshman at Harvard in a project called StreetFax. Ceglia allegedly doctored some of those documents to say that he owns 84% of Facebook, but he later reduced his desired ownership to 50% of Mark Zuckerberg’s ownership in the company.
Facebook met Ceglia in court over these claims and convinced a judge that the man made some fraudulent claims. U.S. Magistrate Leslie Foschio ordered Ceglia to pay Facebook for depositions cancelled at the last minute and to pay the social network $90,000 in attorney fees.
Ceglia will have to pay almost $7,000 to Facebook’s experts for traveling and lodging expenses. Ceglia’s attorney Dean Boland had asked to withdraw from the case.
Ceglia pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he had doctored and destroyed evidence in the lawsuit against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing in Manhattan federal court this past Wednesday. A federal grand jury indicted Ceglia for mail fraud and wire fraud.