A judge says investors in a deep-sea treasure hunt who want answers about where their money went can view 75 boxes of property seized from ex-fugitive Tommy Thompson.

Investors say that could help locate 500 missing gold coins and other assets.

Thompson was found in Florida and pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify about gold he discovered in a historic shipwreck. He's faced accusations of cheating investors since 1988, when he discovered the ship, which sank off South Carolina.

Federal Judge Algenon Marbley in Ohio has granted investors' request for a records inspection that could come before Thompson's October sentencing.

Thompson's attorney unsuccessfully argued the investors don't have standing to make the request because they're not technically victims of his crime of contempt of court.