A Canadian businessman said he burned more than $ 1 million in cash (about € 630,000) in an effort to make sure his ex-wife couldn't get her hands on the money as part of a divorce settlement. Bruce McConville, 55, of Ottawa, told a Superior Court judge he burned the money out of frustration after being told he had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for child and ex-spouse support.
According to Fox News, Bruce had to make 25 different withdrawals from 6 separate bank accounts. Later, the businessman rushed to burn the money destined for his ex-wife with two bonfires. A somewhat unusual act that is a far cry from other revenge stories after a breakup. However, the businessman stated that no one witnessed the fire and did not film the scene, but he said he had receipts proving the withdrawals. Too bad that this same sum went up in smoke would have resulted from the sale of some of his properties, an act formally prohibited by the court.
Sentenced to 30 days in prison
The judge did not believe the extravagant claims that the money went up in smoke and sentenced McConville to 30 days in jail, on charges of also violating court orders relating to the sale of his assets.
After the prison sentence, the businessman was sentenced to pay his ex-wife almost 1,300 euros a day, until he decides to tell the truth about where the money was. In 2018, McConville had even run for mayor of the Canadian capital, but his election campaign didn't go through, just like his wedding.