Treasure Hunter Tommy Thompson Jailed 6 Years, Fined $2.1M for Not Saying Where Loot Is – Newsweek December 9, 2021

I saw this recently on Newsweek – Treasure Hunter Tommy Thompson Jailed 6 Years, Fined $2.1M for Not Saying Where Loot Is: Longer article.


A former treasure hunter has been in jail for almost six years after refusing to reveal the location of 500 missing coins made from gold discovered in a sunken ship.

Tommy Thompson was held in contempt of court on December 15, 2015, for not disclosing the whereabouts of the coins, and has been behind bars ever since.

The research scientist has been wracking up $1,000 fines for every day he has been imprisoned. Six years of those fines would put his current total around $2.1 million.

Thompson discovered the historic shipwreck of the S.S. Central America, also known as the Ship of Gold, in 1988. The ship from the gold-rush era was carrying thousands of pounds of gold when it sank off the coast of South Carolina in 1857 during a hurricane.


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