Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has joined the fight against a Montrose man accused of selling fake meteorites.
Newly released court documents portray a fraud operation that could have duped consumers out of millions of dollars. At the center of the investigation: Montrose man Steve Curry, his company Uncompahgre Meteorites, and his charity Osirus Foundation.
"They're operating on information that's not scientifically based," Curry said of police back on February 13th.
The self-proclaimed "Meteorite Man" was first implicated back in February by Grand Junction police. Investigators say their tests of his rocks for sale at a local shop found they were not from out of this world and now Curry faces criminal charges.
"The evidence that the Grand Junction Police Department used to establish probable cause, I feel, was wrongfully submitted to them," he said in February.
Shop owner Kevin Mahoney stood by the man in question. "To us, they looked like meteorites [and] they feel like meteorites."
But, according to state Attorney General Suthers, Curry probably knew they were not real.
Inside court documents, the AG says from 2010 to 2011, Curry sent samples of what he thought were meteorites to three different researchers in Oregon and Colorado.
None could be authenticated.
After receiving the news, Curry allegedly threatened two of the schools with an FBI investigation or that he would 'come after' them.
Still, months after the samples could not be verified, the state says Curry listed them on eBay - one for as high as $512,000. He also apparently advertised that 80% of the purchase price was tax-deductible which the state says is not true.
Suthers alleges in October of 2011, after the items were listed on eBay, Curry then donated five of his specimens to the Montrose County Historical Society. He apparently claimed their value was nearly $59 million because he said one of the meteorites contained the remains of a living organism originating from one of Jupiter's moons.
The state says further x-ray testing show these samples were pieces of man-made carbon steel.
Suthers explained in the documents that he has had trouble over the past few months getting Curry to cooperate despite countless subpoenas. In the file dated April 18, 2012, the Attorney General asks the court to ban Curry from selling all materials described as meteorites or having an extraterrestrial origin.
A decision in this case is still pending.
Meanwhile, Curry stands by his claims that the meteorites are real and has vowed to take his case to federal court if the charges aren't dropped.