Judge To Facebook Claimant Paul Ceglia: Get Back Here!

By David Cohen Comment

The Emerald Isle can no longer serve as a refuge for self-proclaimed Facebook owner Paul Ceglia, as U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio in Buffalo, N.Y., ordered his return from Ireland to the United States.

According to a court document obtained by paidContent, Foschio wrote, “Plaintiff shall return to the United States to conduct the search.”

The judge ordered Ceglia to produce six flash drives and other items, and to provide a sworn declaration about the details of his search. He has 30 days to comply.

paidContent suggests (and we agree) that Foschio is running out of patience with Ceglia and his shiftiness.

Allison Frankel’s On the Case reported that Ceglia’s latest lawyer (more on that below), Dean Boland, accused Facebook and law firm Gibson Dunn of tampering with the original contract between Ceglia and Facebook Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, signed in 2003, which allegedly awarded Ceglia control of up to 83 percent of Facebook for $1,000.

His argument is based on aligned staple holes on both pages of the contract, which, Boland said, counters Facebook’s claims that Ceglia created a fake first page of the contract and attached it to the signed second page.

The court order marks the latest chapter in this ongoing saga. Last month, court filings from Facebook claimed that Ceglia ordered his lawyers to ignore an August 18 order that compelled him to surrender email, passwords, and other electronic data.

The August 18 order was a response to evidence introduced by Facebook earlier that month, after the social network’s legal team conducted forensic tests on Ceglia’s computers, hard drives, electronic storage media, email, and a paper version of the alleged contract between Ceglia and Zuckerberg.

Not only is Ceglia’s case plummeting to earth, but the upstate New York man can’t even seem to keep his legal team intact. Some people have suggested that Facebook file a criminal charges against Ceglia for fraud.

Readers, do you think Ceglia should face criminal charges for forgery and fraud related to his Facebook claim?