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June 03, 2023

     The FBI is covering up a trove of Civil War-era gold the agency dug up in Pennsylvania, one treasure hunter claimed – and he's determined to expose the alleged truth.  "We feel we were double-crossed and lied to," said Dennis Parada, co-owner of Finders Keepers. The FBI has lost respect and credibility. 

     The FBI had searched a remote area in Dents Run in 2018 for a cache of gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the agency said it did not find anything. The area is allegedly where an 1863 shipment of Union gold disappeared on its way to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.Parada sued the Justice Department last year to force the FBI to release records on the search of the excavation site, and a judge ruled in favor of the agency.

     After reviewing the newly released documents, Parada said the FBI is distorting key evidence and improperly withholding records in an apparent effort to conceal the recovery of the historic gold cache.  "The truth will come out," said Parada, who's looking to earn a finder’s fee from the potential discovery. 

     A federal judge overseeing the case will decide if the FBI must release its operational plan for the gold dig and other records it wants to keep secret. The judge could also order the FBI to keep looking for additional materials to turn over to the treasure hunter.  Fox News Digital reached out to the FBI Sunday morning about Parada’s claims of a coverup, but did not immediately receive a response. The FBI declined comment to The Associated Press. 

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