Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fugitives from Justice! The Shipwreck King of Ohio!

The idea of fugitives seems old fashioned to me: I can't fathom committing a crime and somehow hiding out to avoid prosecution. It just seems like a lot of work. And also, U.S. Marshals on the hunt for a guy on the lam? That sounds like a TV show to me rather than a modern-day reality. So how intriguing is it that Columbus is home to its very own fugitive from justice, Tommy Thompson the Shipwreck King of Ohio?

Well, he is a fugitive no more. Mr. Thompson raised $55 million in equity and debt financing in an effort to salvage gold from a sunken ship. Investors did not see the return they thought they would and have filed suit. When he disappeared after skipping out on a warrant, he became a fugitive. For some time, he's been living in a Hilton in Florida.

Mr. Thompson's latest case (a criminal complaint for failure to appear) was filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. Check out Bloomberg Law's docket (case 9-mj-080499-DLB) for more information.