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Convicted Felon, Rocco Ty DeFranco, AKA Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Matthew Tyler Hardy -- We Believe He Stole over $250,000 in Rare Cycads from Jurassic Garden

Convicted Felon, Rocco Ty DeFranco, AKA Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Matthew Tyler Hardy -- We Believe He Stole over $250,000 in Rare Cycads from Jurassic Garden

If you purchased any one of the species listed below, from August 2009 through December 2012, we are offering complete amnesty and proper legal provenance data so you can own your plant without concern that it was a stolen cycad.


Upon information and beliefe, Rocco Tyler DeFranco, Giorgio Anjian, and a number of plant sellers to whom they sold at steep discounts, sold rare stolen cycads to collectors from August 2009 onward. If you bought a rare cycad at a price lower than prices generally offered for these very rare species, there is a real possibility you were sold a plant stolen from our nursery. We ask, in return for full amnesty, and complete provenance data on your plant, that you come forward and do your part to prevent future plant thefts from all of our gardens.

These are the plant species that you should document if you bought them in the last 5 years:

• Encephalartos cupidus

• Encephalartos nubimontanus

• Encephalartos horridus

• Encephalartos horridus Dwarf Form

• Encephalartos arenarius

• Encephalartos arenarius Blue Form

• Encephalartos arenarius Blue Leaf

• Encephalartos arenarius x horridus

• Encephalartos trispinosus

• Encephalartos munchii

• Encephalartos caffer

• Encephalartos longifolius

• Encephalartos longifolius “Blue Form”

• Encephalartos friderici guilielmi

• Other rare Encephalartos sp.


Rocco Ty DeFranco, AKA Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Tyler DeFranco, AKA Matthew Tyler Hardy, is a twice-convicted felon who fraudulently stole and resold over $250,000 of Jurassic Garden's rare plants

Be On the Look Out and Be Wary of Buying Rare Plants from this Person--See Links at Page Bottom for More Information

Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Rocco Ty DeFranco, Convicted Felon, was an employee of Jurassic Garden from mid-2008 to early 2011. DeFranco, also known as "Matthew Tyler Hardy" before he changed his name, was arrested in August 2011 for Felony Grand Theft of what is estimated to be over $250,000 in rare endangered species plants from Jurassic Garden.

Upon information and belief, Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Rocco Ty DeFranco, using the pseudonym “Jason Green”, offered these fraudulently stolen plants for sale via Craigslist and email addresses taken from Jurassic Garden, then sold these stolen plants to people from the back of rental trucks, for cash, at discounts of 75% of their value.

Rocco Tyler DeFranco also fraudulently signed his employment application (as Matthew Tyler Hardy) for Jurassic Garden indicating he had not been convicted of prior felonies, which was a lie.

Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Rocco “Ty” DeFranco, AKA Ty DeFranco, born "Matthew Tyler Hardy" DOB: 3/16/1977, was previously arrested and convicted of felonies, including arrests and convictions in August and December 1998 in Arizona as follows:


Case # CR1999-002123-A
Party Name: Matthew T Hardy
ARS Code: 13-2102A (F5)
Description: THEFT CRDT CRD OBT FRAUD MEANS
Crime Date: 8/1/1998
Disposition Code: Pled Guilty As Charged
Disposition: Pled Guilty As Charged
Date: 3/30/1999

Case # CR1998-017486-A
Party Name: Matthew T Hardy
ARSCode 13-1902 (F4)
Description: ARMED ROBBERY
Crime Date: 12/11/1998
Disposition Code: Pled to Reduced Charge
Disposition: Pled Guilty To Reduced Charge
Date: 3/30/1999 Armed Robbery
Criminal Court Case: S-0700-CR-1998017486
Offender ID: 115262781818645075





OPEN LETTER TO THE RARE PLANT COMMUNITY REGARDING PLANT THEFTS BY TY DEFRANCO,
AKA ROCCO TYLER DEFRANCO AND OTHERS






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WHAT IS CAUDEX SIZE?

You’ll notice we list and price cycads by their caudex size (diameter in inches). The caudex is a cycad’s woody, bulblike trunk. Caudex diameter is a good measure of a cycad's age. The chart below can give you a rough idea of how this translates to pot size.

Caudex Size
(Diameter)
Container Size
(Volume)
Up to 1 Inch 1-2 Gallon
1 Inch to 3 Inch 3-5 Gallon
3 Inches to 7 Inches 15 Gallon
7 Inches and Up 24 Inch Box


IMPORTANT!

To verify an item is in stock, please click the "Add to Cart" button.
If "Add to Cart" button is not present, the item may not be in stock.

Also, please note that no sale coupon, credit or voucher may be
combined with any other sale term or special. If an item is purchased
using such a "double discount," we reserve the right to either cancel
the order, or modify it to give you the more favorable single discount.





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Convicted Felon, Rocco Ty DeFranco, AKA Rocco Tyler DeFranco, AKA Matthew Tyler Hardy -- We Believe He Stole over $250,000 in Rare Cycads from Jurassic Garden