Treasure Hunter Still In Jail For Refusing To Reveal Location of 500 Gold Coins 

A treasure hunter has spent around 6 years in prison just because they are refusing to reveal the whereabouts of around 500 gold coins that were found in a shipwreck. 

Tommy Thompson, the treasure hunter, has been held in contempt of court because he is refusing to say where the missing gold coins are.

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The thing is, Thompson keeps on claiming that he does not know where the coins are.

He also has a court hearing to plead this case next month. 

The gold coins that he “found” were on board the SS Central America, which is also known as “The Ship of Gold”. The ship sank around 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina in 1857. The incident took the lives of 425 people and caused around 10 tons of gold to sink to the bottom of the ocean.

In the 1980s, Thompson, who works as an oceanic engineer, convinced backers to give him millions of dollars so he could find the missing gold.

Thompson  showed off an underwater robot, which he claimed he had created, and named it Nemo.

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The robot got the attention of 161 people and companies to chip in to fund his plans, which cost around $12.7 million.

With the cash, he launched the ocean exploration plan “Recovery Limited”, which had a sole purpose to find the lost treasure that was on board the SS Central America.

According to the report, Thompson found a lot of gold at just 8,000 feet and the treasure haul was one of the biggest in the United States of America.

It is reported that the haul is around $300 million today.

Most of the gold that was found by Thompson was sold in 2000 for around fifty million USD.

However, the 161 people and companies that invested in the expedition never saw any proceeds.

2 of the investors ended up suing Thompson.

Thompson and Alison Antekeier, his assistant, went on the run in 2012. 

A warrant was issued for their arrest after Thompson failed to show up for a hearing that was related to the lawsuits that were filed against him.

Thompson and his assistant remained on the run until 2015 when they were caught living secretly at a Hilton Hotel in West Boca Raton.

They were staying in the place under a fake name.

Thompson pleaded guilty for failing to appear at the 2012 hearing and was handed a 2 year prison sentence along with a $250,000 fine.

HIs sentence is actually complete, however, he is still in prison because he refuses to tell the authorities where the 500 missing gold coins are.

Along with the massive jail time that he has, he is also getting $1000 per day in fines. 

Thompson says the remaining of the treasure that he had found was given to an “entity” in Belize.

During his hearing last year, he said: 

Your honour, I don’t know if we’ve gone over this road before or not, but I don’t know the whereabouts of the gold. I feel like I don’t have the keys to my freedom.

The next hearing for Thompson and his aide is scheduled for January 7, 2022.

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