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Attorneys for jailed ex-billionaire seek his release so he can provide missing info on money

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. The one-time billionaire is due in federal court in Butte, Mont., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, to explain why failed to comply with an order to pay $13.8 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. The one-time billionaire is due in federal court in Butte, Mont., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, to explain why failed to comply with an order to pay $13.8 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)  (The Associated Press)

Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth have filed an emergency motion seeking to have him released.

Friday's court filing came a day after U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered Blixseth incarcerated until he accounts for millions of dollars owed to his creditors.

Blixseth attorney Michael Ferrigno asked for a five-day stay on that order so his client can obtain documents related to the 2011 sale of a Mexico resort. The sale came in defiance of a court order.

The 64-year-old Blixseth founded Montana's Yellowstone Club and was blamed for driving it into bankruptcy in 2008. The club's creditors say he diverted $286 million from the club for his personal use.

He's being held at the Missoula County jail.