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.
A businessman convicted of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors has shown "complete disregard" for safety, Avon and Somerset Police said today.
James McCormick, 56, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of three counts of fraud after jurors heard the devices did not work.
Detective Inspector Ed Heath, deputy senior investigating officer said:
There was no evidence demonstrated, that McCormick or his company - ATSC UK - conducted any proper research or development into the products manufactured; in fact he refused to submit the ADE devices to independent tests.
He sold his detection devices to many governments, defence agencies and private institutions around the world. A large proportion of these were countries where there was and still remains a real risk of terrorism and criminality.
McCormick showed a complete disregard for the safety of those that used and relied upon the device for their own security and protection. He amassed many millions of pounds through his greed and criminal enterprise.
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.