Michelle Young claimed that her husband, who was thought to have been worth around £400 million, had hidden substantial assets after the couple separated in 2006.
Scot Young claimed to have lost his fortune in a failed property deal, and maintained that he was now penniless. According to Mrs Young’s lawyers however, he continued to live the lifestyle of a wealthy man, and failed to give his wife an adequate explanation of where the money had gone.
After a number of attempts to obtain the financial details, the judge finally lost his patience with Mr Young and sentenced him to a six month prison term.
The terms of the couple’s divorce remain unresolved, and will have to be settled through a court hearing, which the Independent reports is due to take place later this year.