COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has scheduled a hearing for a former deep-sea treasure hunter who was ordered jailed until he answers questions about the location of 500 gold coins recovered from a historic shipwreck.
The December order by Judge Algenon Marbley in Columbus came after he sentenced Tommy Thompson to two years in prison and fined him $250,000 for failing to appear before a judge three years ago to answer similar questions.
Thompson agreed in a plea deal to answer questions about the coins from the S.S. America, which sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857. Marbley ruled Thompson violated that deal by refusing to answer the latest round of questions and fined him $1,000 a day until he cooperates.
A hearing is set for March 14.