A Somerset businessman who made millions of pound selling worthless pieces of plastic as bomb detectors has been sentenced to ten years in prison. James McCormick from Langport convinced people across the world to pay up to twenty seven thousand pounds for the devices.
Our reporter Jonathan Gibson was at the the Old Bailey.
The conman who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq was jailed for ten years today after a judge said he had blood on hands.
James McCormick, 57, showed no reaction as he was told his "callous confidence trick" was the worst fraud imaginable.
Old Bailey Judge Richard Hone said:
I am wholly satisfied that your fraudulent conduct in selling so many useless devices for simply enormous profit promoted a false sense of security and in all probability materially contributed to causing death and injury to innocent individuals.
Somerset businessmen James McCormick has been given the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail for selling fake bob detectors.
His Honour Judge Hone told McCormick:
You have neither insight, shame or any sense of remorse. Soldiers, police forces, border customs officers and many others trusted their lives to the overpriced devices which were no more than crude plastic components with a disconnected antenna and a capability of detecting explosives no better than random chance
– His Hon Judge Richard Hone
A confiscation hearing will be held on 12th May 2014. Outside the court a small group of Iraqi nationals gathered welcoming the sentence.
Sentencing for James McCormick has been adjourned until next week and the judge did not give any indication at all of what sort of sentence he would pass down. He has been convicted of fraud though, which can carry a jail term of up to seven years.
When the verdict was read out, Mr McCormick simply shook his head and stared straight ahead. He has left the Old Bailey now on bail.
When he left, I asked him whether he still stood by what he claimed. He says he will be defiant until the end.
The prosecution said he was selling these devices knowing that they did not work. Trust was put into these devices and although there is no evidence to suggest any injuries, there was certainly a lot of lives put at risk.
A Somerset businessman who sold worthless pieces of plastic as bomb detectors has been found guilty of three counts of fraud. He made millions of pounds conning governments, police forces, even the United Nations.
James McCormick convinced 26 countries around the world to pay millions of pounds for his useless device. Iraq was his biggest customer.