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Deep-sea treasure hunter pleads guilty to contempt of court

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 08, 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Wednesday, April 08 2015 April 08, 2015 3:08 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

COLUMBUS, OH - A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive after refusing to testify about gold he discovered in a historic shipwreck has pleaded guilty to contempt of court.

Sixty-two-year-old Tommy Thompson pleaded guilty to the criminal contempt charge Wednesday in federal court in Columbus.

Thompson went missing in 2012 amid demands he appear in court. He and his longtime female companion were apprehended in January in Florida.

Thompson has faced accusations of cheating investors since his 1988 discovery of the S.S. Central America, known as the Ship of Gold. The ship sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857 with thousands of pounds of gold aboard.

Thompson's attorney Ben Dusing said in a statement he hopes the plea agreement is a first step toward ending a decade of lawsuits.

The deal will require Thompson to turn over about $425,000 and requires him to cooperate in a civil lawsuit.

Image: U.S. Marshal's Office

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