COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a competency evaluation of a former deep-sea treasure hunter sitting in jail for refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.
Defendant Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since mid-December, when Judge Algenon Marbley found he violated a plea deal by refusing to respond.
Thompson must also pay $1,000 a day until he cooperates.
Marbley on Wednesday ordered Thompson to be evaluated to determine whether a “neurological defect” is preventing him from complying with the plea deal.
Thompson has said he told everything he knew during depositions last fall.
A message was left with Thompson’s attorney.
The coins were minted from gold taken from the S.S. America, which sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857.