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$3B Sunken Treasure?
Questions Over Whether Hunt
For WWII Bullion Is Fishy or Legit

ABC News, by Alan Farnham

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/17/2014 5:11:39 AM

Are platinum ingots worth $3 billion sitting on the ocean floor, 50 miles northeast of Cape Cod? The United Kingdom--owners of a torpedoed WWII freighter said to have been carrying that cargo (plus jewels, gold and silver)--would like to know. So, too, would a group of U.S. investors who have sunk $8 million so far into the salvage effort, without having much to show for it. The Maine Office of Securities this week announced it will be seeking information from Maine residents who invested in—or were approached about investing in—Sea Hunters, L.P., and two other companies associated with Greg Brooks, the treasure


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