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Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg against 'career criminal and hustler' by releasing 200 emails

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Facebook today released 200 emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Ceglia in a motion to dismiss the suit Ceglia filed in 2010 claiming 50% of Zuckeberg's stake in the company.

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Facebook has just released a "treasure trove of evidence" in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Paul Ceglia filed in July 2010 claiming he owned 50% of the company. Among many inaccuracies Facebook's all-star team of forensic investigators found in Ceglia's testimony, alleged emails to Zuckerberg contained "historically impossible fiction typed by Ceglia into backdated Word documents." Ceglia didn't stop there. He forgot to account for daylight savings time inside the documents he doctored, as well as for the correct date launched.

Facebook released 200 emails in today's filing that it found on Harvard's email servers, but couldn't find anything that corroborates Ceglia's claims to have invested $1000 in Facebook early on. In fact, Facebook's "forensics experts" found original versions of documents Ceglia used to mock up a fake "Work For Hire" contract with Zuckerberg on his own computer. "World-renowned forensic chemist" Gerald LaPorte was also hired to inspect documents Ceglia claimed he wrote in 2003; LaPorte determined that the ink was "still fresh," and less than two years old. If Facebook's evidence isn't convincing enough, the company outlined Ceglia's history with the law:

"Ceglia's scheme is brazen and outrageous but in keeping with his character: Ceglia is a convicted felon - a career criminal and scam artist whose past crimes including stealing from senior citizens, forging government documents as part of a land swindle, and running a scheme to defraud local residents (many senior citizens) by tricking them into buying nonexistent wood pellets."

Facebook did discover an authentic contract exchanged between Zuckerberg and Ceglia, but it only concerned the "limited work" Zuckerberg performed for Ceglia's now-defunct company StreetFax in 2003-2004. "It says nothing about Facebook," and nothing about the investment Ceglia claims to have made in the company (which didn't yet exist).