Postscript: Tommy Thompson and Alison Antekeier were arrested at a hotel in Boca Raton, Florida on January 28th, 2015, almost exactly one month after this story was published.
Antekeier admitted in court to sending approximately $2.5 million worth of gold coins to a secret bank account that Tommy Thompson owned in Belize. Both have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Ship of Gold in The Deep Blue Sea, Gary Kinder.
America’s Lost Treasure, Tommy Thompson.
A California Gold Rush History, Q. David Bowers.