Western Slope Man Found Guilty of Selling Fake Meteorites
The Montrose, Colorado man who sold fake rocks around the Western Slope was found guilty. He claims there is a conspiracy against him.
Thursday night Steven Curry was found guilty after selling fake meteorites. He claims to be the real victim of a conspiracy against him by scientists, meteorite experts and Grand Junction Police. A jury found him guilty of misdemeanor theft, fraud in effecting sales and criminal simulation after the jury deliberated for eight hours .
Grand Junction Police Officer Ryan Piotrowski cited Steven Curry in January 2012 after a Delta, Colorado couple purchased a fake meteorite downtown Grand Junction. The couple also happen to be meteorite experts. The officer testified Steven told him the conspiracy against him was between "educated and uneducated" people, including scientists to trying to get him to stop selling meteorites.
Steven testified in his own defense accusing the cop of being part of the conspiracy because of his tone and manner during the investigation. Three witnesses including two experts testified that examination showed the meteorite lacking the metal nickel. In a recorded interview with Grand Junction Police he suggests he accepts standards for nickel levels in meteorites. In the same interview he claimed meteorites don't even need to contain nickel. Mainstream science doesn't believe that, Steven claims he's, "part of a wave giving scientists new information" and correct science from the 1950's and 1960's.
He insisted he acted in 'goof faith' in labeling his rocks which were sold in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Telluride. In June 2012 Steven had an injunction placed against him to sell meteorites.