Man Burns $1 Million Of His Own Money Just So His Ex Wife Woudn't Get Any Of It

Man Burns $1 Million Of His Own Money Just So His Ex Wife Woudn't Get Any Of It

Bruce McConville admitted in court that he was frustrated with the divorce proceedings and burnt the money.

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Not all divorce ends amicably and people can hold grudges against their exes for life. Bruce McConville, 55, has been jailed for 30 days after he admitted in court to burning more than $1 million of his own money to keep it away from his ex-wife, according to Pluralist. McConville claimed in court that he burned $743,000 in September and $296,000 in December, the Ottawa Citizen reported. McConville, who is a businessman and a failed mayoral candidate, was reportedly in court for a child and spousal support case. Since he's burned so much money, his financial circumstances have made it difficult for the court to put a cap on just how much money he owes his former wife. 


He has allegedly sold property and assets without his former wife’s knowledge, as well. He also defied a Superior Court order to pay the court $300,000 as security. He revealed to Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips that he withdrew a total of $1,050,000 through as many as 25 withdrawals from six bank accounts. While he has proof of the withdrawal in the form of receipts, he does not have the money with him because he, well, burnt it. 


“So where’s the money now?” Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips asked him last week. McConville answered by saying he’d “destroyed it.” “Can I back you up a bit? When you say you destroyed it, what do you mean?” the judge asked. “I burnt it,” McConville said. When asked “how much,” McConville said: “In total, about a million and thirty-nine thousand dollars.” McConville later said he burned $1,050,000 in total. 


“How does destroying over a million dollars advance your child’s best interest?” the judge asked. McConville then mentioned that he didn’t film himself burning down the cash and that he did not record in by any means. He also added that he had no witnesses. “You understand that’s hard to believe?” Justice Phillips told the court. “Yes, I do,” McConville agreed, adding that he burnt the money out of frustration from the divorce proceedings.


“It’s not something that I would normally do,” McConville explained. “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.” Phillips didn’t buy his story and on January 28 ruled that it was “crystal clear” that McConville “has very clearly and deliberately set out to thwart the court and the proper administration of justice.” 


The judge said that he sent the man to jail as a warning to ensure court orders are followed. The judge also imposed a $2,000-per-day fine to be paid directly to his ex-wife. That’s $14,000 a week for a man who has long hidden his financial affairs from the court, and his ex-wife. The judge told the court he didn’t think McConville set anything on fire, let alone $1-million in cash. “I don’t believe you. I don’t trust you. I don’t think you’re honest,” the judge said. 

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