Suit Alleges That Colorado Man Sold Fake Meteorites to Unsuspecting Consumers
the suit, filed in denver county court, alleges that the man knew the meteorites were fake
Ever look up at a shooting star and wish that you could own one? Steven Curry of Montrose, Colorado, wanted to offer you one for a hefty price tag.
what is a meteorite?
A meteorite, also known as a shooting star or fireball, is any natural object originating in outer space that survives impact with the Earth's surface. They can range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to the size of a car, and even larger. But what Curry sold online and attempted to sell on consignment originated on Earth, while others still were man-made.
A suit filed in Denver County Court by the Colorado Attorney General argues that Curry sold supposed meteorites for up to $512,000 on eBay knowing that the items were fake. The suit alleges that the meteorites are phony and that Curry illegally claimed that 80% of the cost of the item was tax-deductible through his charitable foundation, The Osirius Foundation, via his online company Uncompahgre Meteorites.
The suit also alleges that Curry threatened two museum curators after they told him the meteorites were fake. According to the suit, Curry donated five supposed meteorites to the Montrose County Historical Society claiming they were valued at close to $59 million, including one he stated to contain the remains of a living organism from Ganymede, one of Jupiter's four largest moons. According to the suit, one such supposed meteorite from outer space turned out to be man-made carbon steel.
As expected, Curry has threatened to sue the museum in addition to eBay, who removed the suspect listings.
Curry held eBay auctions held during September of 2011 in which the rocks were offered for prices as high as $512,000. The advertisement claimed that 80% of the purchase price was tax-deductible through The Osirius Foundation. The Colorado Attorney General, however, which stating that The Osirius Foundation is a registered Colorado Charitable Organization, contributions to the organization are not tax-deductible.
don't always believe what you see online
NCCC reminds consumers that what they see online might not always be genuine.