- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A court filing says a deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive had a courier take 500 gold coins from his shipwreck-salvage company and deposit them in a trust account in Belize five years ago.

The news came via a memo filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court this week in the case of former fugitive Tommy Thompson, who pleaded guilty to contempt of court last month after going missing amid demands he appear in court.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1bLbvVP ) reports Thompson’s longtime assistant and girlfriend has testified she arranged to have the coins deposited in Belize at Thompson’s request in 2010.

Thompson has faced accusations of cheating investors since discovering gold in 1988 from a 19th-century shipwreck, the S.S. Central America.

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