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McCormick made 'fantastic claims' about detectors

Somerset explosives detector man found guilty after three year police investigation. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

"Fantastic claims" were made about fake bomb detectors, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said today, after millionaire businessman James McCormick was convicted of selling the items internationally.

But Mr Whittam said: "The devices did not work and he knew they did not work.

"He had them manufactured so that they could be sold - and despite the fact they did not work, people bought them for a handsome but unwarranted profit.

"He made them knowing that they were going to be sold as something that it was claimed was simply fantastic. You may think those claims are incredible."

Businessman sold £37m worth of fake detectors to Iraq

A millionaire businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors, is thought to have made about £37 million from sales to Iraq alone.

James McCormick, 56, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of three counts of fraud after jurors heard the devices did not work.

The detectors were marketed to the military, police forces and governments around the world using glossy brochures and the internet.

Men dressed in military-type fatigues were shown using the detectors to find explosives, drugs, fluids, ivory and people.

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Businessman shows 'complete disregard' over detectors

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.

Businessman faces jail over fake bomb detectors

A millionaire businessman is facing jail today after being convicted of selling fake bomb detectors, thought to be golf ball finding devices.

James McCormick, 56, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of three counts of fraud after jurors heard the devices did not work.

McCormick, of Langport in Somerset, made an estimated £50 million from sales of his three models to Iraq, Belgium and even the United Nations for use in Lebanon.

Golf ball finding devices relabelled for sale as a bomb detector.
Device being sold in a briefcase.
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