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Wellsville man at center of Facebook case back in court

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — An Allegany County man charged with fraud after claiming he had part ownership in Facebook wants a judge to stop the criminal case from moving forward.

Friday, an attorney for Paul Ceglia of Wellsville asked a judge in Federal Court in Buffalo to suspend the criminal case until civil action is over.

The judge reserved decision.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Ceglia last fall, saying he tried to scam Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg by doctoring a 2003 contract saying Ceglia owned part of the company.

Ceglia pursued a civil suit against Zuckerberg and his company in 2010. He filed a complaint against the federal government in March, saying that the criminal charges are baseless, because he says he's not guilty of any fraud.

"It's overwhelming evidence that the contract is authentic, overwhelming evidence that those e-mails are authentic, and they don't deny it," Ceglia said.

A magistrate judge believes that Ceglia's civil suit should be dismissed. That recommendation is currently pending.

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