Cancelled check produced in disputed Facebook sale affair

Was a major piece of Facebook sold in 2003? A cancelled check allegedly proving that $3,000 was paid to someone named Mark Zuckerberg for...something.
Written by Caroline McCarthy, Contributor on

There's yet another episode to the oddball tale of Paul Ceglia, the New York man who says a 2003 contract with eventual Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to an 84 percent share of the company: Ceglia's local newspaper, the Wellsville Daily Reporter, produced a canceled check allegedly proving that Ceglia did, indeed, pay $3,000 to someone named Mark Zuckerberg for...something.

"We have never disputed that Mark did some work for Ceglia," a statement from Facebook read. "Everything else asserted by the plaintiff is false, and his lawsuit is frivolous, if not outright fraudulent."

Ceglia's claim, which he filed in a legal complaint in June, asserts that a contract between him and Zuckerberg for some freelance software development work ties into something called "The Face Book," and that Ceglia would be entitled to an increasing percentage of the product that he says has now reached 84 percent. Facebook initially said it believed that the contract was a "likely" forgery. It has since become more forceful and said it consider it to be an outright fake.

For more of this story, read Check proves Ceglia paid Zuckerberg--what now? on CNET News.

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