When a Canadian man was supposed to hand over a lot of money to his ex-wife, he decided to set it on fire instead of complying with the divorce settlement. 55-year-old Bruce McConville set fire to more than one million dollars in cash, so his ex-wife would not be able to get her hands on the money that he felt she had unfairly garnered during their divorce.
During an appearance at an Ottawa court, McConville told the Superior Court judge that he burned the money because he was frustrated that his ex-wife was going to be getting it. He didn’t want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in child and spousal support, so he simply set the cash he had on hand on fire so it would no longer exist. No one would be able to make him pay it then, he believed.
The Superior Court judge had heard a lot during their career and didn’t believe McConville’s story. That’s why the judge sentenced to McConville to thirty days in prison unless he told the truth about where he had stashed the money.
McConville is a public person. He ran for mayor of Ottawa, the capital of Canada, two years ago. However, his campaign did not succeed, and his marriage dissolves soon after his mayoral failure.
Now the courts accuse the failed politician of selling off his properties and businesses as a way to squeeze past his wife’s part of the settlement. He then tossed the cash from these sales onto two bonfires, the O Canada reported. This burning of cash came after he was ordered to pay $300,000 as a security deposit for the spousal and child support payments he would need to make.
McConville told Superior Court Justice Kevin Philips that he withdrew $1,050,000 from six banks accounts after a series of twenty-five withdrawals. He claimed that he had the ATM receipts to prove it but that the cash was gone – as it was burned in a bonfire.
“So, where’s the money now?” Judge Phillips asked, according to O Canada, who were present at the court hearing.
“I destroyed it,” McConville said.
“You’ve lost me. What do you mean?” the judge responded. “When you say you destroyed it, what do you mean?”
“I burnt it,” McConville said.
“To the tune of how much?” the judge quizzed.
“In total, about a million and thirty-nine thousand dollars,” McConville said.
“How does destroying over a million dollars advance your child’s best interest?” Justice Phillips asked. “You understand that’s hard to believe?”
Although McConville cannot prove that he burned the cash, he vows that he did it. However, it would have been more believable for the judge if he had filmed the bonfires or had a witness present during the burning. He didn’t have either.
“It’s not something that I would normally do,” McConville said. “I am not a person that is extremely materialistic. A little goes a long way. I have always been frugal. That’s why my business lasted for 31 years.”
The judge felt he “very clearly and deliberately set out to thwart the court and the proper administration of justice.”
McConville was sentenced to thirty days in prison for burning the cash.
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