Fugitive treasure hunter's assets sought as he faces hearing

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Posted: Feb 04, 2015 3:01 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As federal authorities seek to extradite a deep-sea treasure hunter arrested last week after more than two years as a fugitive, his former business associates want to know what happened to millions of dollars' worth of gold he recovered from a historic shipwreck.

Tommy Thompson is scheduled for an extradition hearing Wednesday in a federal court in Florida. He's being held on an arrest warrant filed after he failed to appear in an Ohio courtroom to answer questions about what happened to the gold he recovered from a 19th-century shipwreck off the South Carolina coast.

U.S. Marshals arrested Thompson and a longtime assistant in a Boca Raton hotel last week.

Investors and sonar analysts are seeking any documents that show how Thompson has lived a cash-only lifestyle for years.