Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man who maintains he owns at least 50 percent of Facebook, was indicted by a New York federal grand jury Monday on wire and mail fraud charges.

Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man who maintains he owns at least 50 percent of Facebook, was indicted by a New York federal grand jury Monday on wire and mail fraud charges.
Oct. 26, Ceglia was charged with wire fraud and mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the grand jury indicted Ceglia on those same charges in Manhattan Monday.
In the matter of scheme to defraud, Bharara wrote Ceglia”engaged in a multi-billion dollar scheme to defraud Facebook, Inc., and Mark Zuckerberg and to corrupt the federal judicial process."
The indictment also said Ceglia doctored a legitimate contract he had with Zuckerberg dated April 28, 2003 unrelated to Facebook, then fabricated e-mails and tried to destroy evidence.
Bharara said in the indictment the wire fraud charge came about because”From ... June 2010 up to and including in or about October 2012 ... Ceglia willfully and knowingly, having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud, and for obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses ...”
Ceglia's lawyer, Dean Boland, was not available for comment.
Today in court in Buffalo, Boland will be asking a judge to remove himself from the case.
Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri remains on Ceglia's defense team.
With the indictment, Ceglia will now start the legal process and could face up to 20 years in prison.
The indictment is necessary to bring the western New York man’s case to trial. Each of the charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Ceglia pleaded not guilty last month. One person who is in prison is James Charles Kopp, who was convicted in 2003 of murdering abortion doctor Barnett Slepian in Buffalo in 1998.
From jail in the Cannan Federal Penitentiary, Kopp sent paperwork to a Federal court in Buffalo that is being considered in the case against Ceglia.
A bizzare letter from Kopp said,”Paul Ceglia was pen pals with me for four years ... Ceglia told me in letters he was going to lie and create a fraud lawsuit against Facebook so that he could use some of the money to get me a paid top dollar attorney to help me with my appeal on my criminal case.
Kopp also claimed”Me and Ceglia were in a sexual relationship since valentines day 2008 but we broke up 2 days after Ceglia was arrested in October 2012 for fraud charges."
Kopp went as far as accusing Ceglia of being the trigger man in the murder he was convicted of and said Ceglia has promised him (if he wins the Facebook case)”$200 a month in prison commissary ... a year's subscription to Men's Health Magazine and Yoga Journal."