Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

Summary: Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the gloves off in its defense against Paul Ceglia, a man that argues he owns half of the company over a 2003 contract.

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Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the gloves off in its defense against Paul Ceglia, a man that argues he owns half of the company over a 2003 contract.

The filing aims to expedite a discovery process that includes producing the original emails Zuckerberg allegedly signed, native digital copies of those documents and Ceglia's computers. Facebook and Zuckerberg say in their filing that Ceglia is conducting fraud.

Related: Facebook: Ceglia claims 'brazen and outrageous fraud'; Read the response

Paul Ceglia vs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Here's the complaint and it's a good read

Zuckerberg also denied he signed any contract from Ceglia and sent emails. "The evidence Defendants have gathered to date corroborates Zuckerberg’s sworn statements and confirms that Ceglia’s documents are forgeries," said Zuckerberg and Facebook in a filing.

Among the key excerpts:

  1. In addition to being impossible as a matter of historical fact, the purported contract is an obvious cut-and-paste job. This is apparent from the face of the document. Among other things, the column widths and margins are inconsistent, which indicates that the document has been altered and reproduced. Many words and sentences simply make no sense, and the document is riddled with internal inconsistencies and contradictions strongly indicative of fraud. Tellingly, there are many discrepancies between page 1 (which purports to convey an interest in “The Face Book”) and page 2 (the page with Ceglia’s and Zuckerberg’s signatures, and which makes no mention of “The Face Book” or anything similar). Ceglia appears to have taken page 2 of the signed StreetFax contract and appended it to a doctored version of page 1, which Ceglia has edited by adding references to “The Face Book.”
  2. Defendants engaged digital forensic examiners to review all of Zuckerberg’s emails contained in the email account he used while a student at Harvard. That account contains emails from the 2003-2004 time period. The emails Ceglia quotes in his Amended Complaint do not exist in the account. They are complete fabrications.
  3. Ceglia is a professional con artist. A comprehensive background investigation conducted by the nationally renowned investigative firm Kroll Associates, Inc. established that Ceglia is a career criminal who has engaged in fraud, subterfuge and falsification of documents. From his 1997 felony conviction through his 2009 arrest for scamming New Yorkers, Ceglia has a long record of criminal and fraudulent behavior that spans decades.

It's a fun read:

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  • Scam Artists

    At first you feel bad, but then again, what do you expect when you run the biggest social network. It's bound to happen. Plus he's a billionaire, so there's even less sympathy there. I'm sure this will happen again.
    http://GBsTechNews.com
    Gabriel Bowen
    • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

      @Gabriel Bowen: there is "less sympathy there" not because Zuckerberg is billionaire, but because Zuckerberg's business ethics proven to not going much better than Ceglia's, if he is a con artist.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

      @Gabriel Bowen The reason I do not feel sympathy for him because quite clearly burnt a lot bridges, and stood on a lot of shoulders to build Facebook. An I would no be surprise if the current allegations are just to try and scare this bloke of, but we shall see.
      Knowles2
  • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

    Zuckerberg. LOL

    Peddling Snake Oil --Worthless technology. He should be ashamed but obviously he is not
    XX41
    • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

      @XX41

      It ain't about the technology, it's about the eyeballs. Stickiness pays to retailers and markerters.
      dawhip
  • who is behind Ceglia?

    where is smoke there is fire!
    Linux Geek
  • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

    I'm pretty sure that Zuckerberg signed a contract with me too. I'll have to look at my old correspondence.

    On a separate note, does anyone have Mark's digitized signature handy? I sure could use it!
    Gr8Music
    • RE: Facebook, Zuckerberg open fire on Ceglia: Emails forged by 'professional con artist'

      @Gr8Music

      You have misunderstood. You need not his "digitized signature", but his private key for making digital signatures. That, of course, only he has. The rest of us can only use his public key to verify that he really signed the given document in question.
      mejohnsn