That seems to be what happened from what I just read:
LAWRENCE, Mass. - A group of men who made national headlines by claiming they found a buried treasure worth up to $125,000 was charged Friday with stealing the collection of old currency from a barn where they were working.
Barry Billcliff, 27, of Manchester, N.H., and Timothy Crebase, 22, of Methuen, Mass., were charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy and accessory after the fact, Methuen Police Lt. Kevin Martin said.
The two were arraigned Friday in Lawrence District Court. Bail was set at $5,000 for Billcliff and $1,000 for Crebase.
Warrants also were issued Friday for Kevin Kozak, 27, of Methuen, and Matt Ingham, 23, of Newton, N.H., on the same charges. It was unclear whether they were in custody.
Barn confession denied
Police said Crebase confessed to finding the money in the gutter of a barn they were hired to repair in Newbury. Authorities declined to identify the owners of the barn and would not comment on whether the money had been reported missing.
But lawyers for Billcliff and Crebase said the men insisted they found the box under a tree in the back yard of a house Crebase rented from Kozak.
â€œThere is no evidence, none, that my client committed any crime.â€ said Alexander Kain, who is representing Billcliff.
The men had made several appearances on national television this week, and police noticed details of the story changed with each appearance.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon told ABCâ€™s â€œGood Morning Americaâ€ that authorities might never have suspected anything had the men not sought publicity.
â€œHad they just put the money away or, you know, gone somewhere outside of the area and sold a little money at a time, I donâ€™t think anybody would have known or suspected anything,â€ Solomon said. â€œSometimes wanting to be famous is really the downfall of people.â€
The arrest interrupted the menâ€™s planned appearance Thursday night on ABCâ€™s â€œJimmy Kimmel Liveâ€ because they were being booked by police around the time the show was airing. They were to have been interviewed from the yard where they claimed to have found the money while digging.
Investigators said Crebase, Billcliff and Ingham found the money stuffed in rusting tin cans in the barnâ€™s gutter and persuaded Kozak to go along with their story. The men claimed they found 1,800 bank notes and bills dating between 1899 and 1928 while digging in the yard of the house Crebase rents.
The materials had a face value of about $7,000, but prosecutor Gabrielle Clark said the men had been offered $125,000 by a collector.
The menâ€™s stories, though, attracted suspicion because of discrepancies. The depth of the buried crate, for example, ranged from 9 inches to 2 feet.
The men also gave conflicting reasons for digging in Crebaseâ€™s yard. They told one reporter they were preparing to plant a tree. In other reports, they said they were trying to remove a small tree or dig up the roots of a shrub that was damaging the homeâ€™s foundation.
Billcliff insisted the discrepancies in the story of how the money happened found could be explained.
â€œItâ€™s like watching a car accident,â€ he told the newspaper. â€œSometimes someone will say something and someone else will say something slightly different, but mostly itâ€™s the same.â€
Christine Tetlow of Manchester, N.H., who identified herself as a longtime friend of Billcliff, defended him and said the pair did not steal the money.
â€œIf you need money, heâ€™ll be the first person to step up and give it to you and never ask to get it back,â€ she said.