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Facebook Claimant Ceglia Loses Bid to Dismiss Fraud Charges

Paul Ceglia, the man who claims he’s entitled to half of Facebook Inc., lost a bid to throw out charges he faked a contract, destroyed evidence and created phony e-mails in a suit against the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. today rejected Ceglia’s argument that he can’t be prosecuted for fraud for using allegedly phony evidence to support his claim that he signed a contract with Zuckerberg in 2003 that gave him a share in what became the world’s biggest social network.