Ottawa businessman tells judge he burned $1M cash rather than give it to his ex-wife

by Laura Mize · Feb 5th, 2020 1:24 pm

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Last Updated Feb 5th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

A Canadian man is spending 30 days in jail after telling a judge last week that he burned $1 million in cash because he did not want to give it to his ex-wife.

Bruce McConville, 55, of Ottawa, has disobeyed multiple court orders: one not to sell properties and businesses, another to give the court $300,000 in security, and another to file an affidavit detailing his finances. He pays no support for his children or former wife, because the court has so little information about his finances.

Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips questioned McConville about the proceeds of the sales of his businesses and properties. That's when McConville told the judge he withdrew and burned the money, in two separate bonfires late in 2019. He also said there is no video of and are no witnesses to the fires.

Phillips reprimanded McConville sternly and said he does not believe the man's claim. In addition to the jail time, the justice also imposed a fine of $2,000 for each day he does not submit the financial affidavit. The fine will start after the 30-day jail sentence and go directly to McConville's ex-wife.


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