Ceglia Ordered to Pay Facebook $96,000

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Paul Ceglia being led out of Federal Court in handcuffs. October 26, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - As an Allegany County man continues his court battle claiming he's entitled to a share of Facebook, a federal court judge ruled Friday his  on going court fight comes with a price.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio has ordered Paul Ceglia to pay court related costs in the amount of $96,140.88 to the social media giant to cover a portion of the company's outlay in continuing to fight the Wellsville native's efforts.

Ceglia filed suit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claiming that Zuckerberg promised him 50 percent of the company in return for work Ceglia did for Zuckerberg when Zuckerberg was a student at Harvard in 2003.

Earlier this week, Ceglia was indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and charged with fraud and manufacturing evidence in the case.

On Wednesday, Ceglia went before a judge in Manhattan and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges he faked evidence in his case against Facebook.

Ceglia has gone through at least five different sets of attorneys, including prominent Buffalo attorneys Terry Connors and Dennis Vacco, since he filed his lawsuit against Zuckerberg in 2010.

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