Lawsuit: Man who sparked treasure hunt retrieved own loot

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Jewelry in treasure chest

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A French treasure hunter has sued the estate of a New Mexico antiquities dealer who sparked a yearslong search by hiding a chest filled with gold, coins and other valuables.

Bruno Raphoz is seeking $10 million in a U.S. complaint filed last week. He claims the late Forrest Fenn deprived him of the riches by moving the treasure chest after he solved a riddle that would lead him to the loot.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that it comes a year after another man found the treasure in Wyoming.

Raphoz claims Fenn’s announcement last year that the treasure was found was suspicious and suspects Fenn kept the loot.

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