AOL is preparing to dig for buried gold and platinum on property in Massachusetts owned by the parents of a man it sued for sending millions of unwanted spam e-mails to its customers.

AOL won a $12.8 million judgment last year in U.S. District Court in Virginia against Davis Wolfgang Hawke but has been unable to contact Hawke to collect any of the money he was ordered to pay in the lawsuit. The company said Tuesday it intends to search for gold and platinum bars the company believes are hidden near his parents’ home in Medfield, Mass.