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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Judge calls it: Emerald treasure a hoax
Story not over; who will pay legal bills yet to be determined

It was a tale with all the makings of a pulp Key West novel -- a treasure map bought in a Duval Street bar, bags of cash gone missing from car trunks, allegations of conniving background characters, and swindled high-powered New York investors that all culminated in the main player's suicide.

But in the end, all anyone was left with was a really good story.

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