US fugitive Tommy Thomson
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'Most intelligent fugitive' in US court over shipwreck treasure

A fugitive who allegedly vanished with the proceeds of what is believed to be the largest haul of treasure in US history has appeared before a court in Florida.

Tommy Thomson had been asked by investors to recover gold bars and coins from a shipwreck.

But instead of sharing the money from its sale, he went into hiding.

He was finally tracked down and taken into custody earlier this week.

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.

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