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Fugitive treasure hunter to appear in Florida federal court

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history is scheduled to appear in federal court in South Florida.

Former fugitive Tommy Thompson is set for an initial appearance Thursday morning in West Palm Beach.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced Wednesday that authorities had captured Thompson the day before at an upscale hotel in West Boca Raton. He had been on the lam for two years, accused of cheating investors out of their share of $50 million in gold bars and coins he had recovered from a 19th century shipwreck.

A criminal contempt warrant was unsealed for Thompson on Wednesday.

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