Bomb detector sentencing

A Somerset businessman who made millions of pounds selling worthless pieces of plastic as bomb detectors is to be sentenced at the Old Bailey.

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Full report: bomb detector fraudster jailed for 10 years

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.

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Conman who sold fake bomb detectors 'had blood on his hands'

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.


Judge gave McCormick maximum sentence

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.

MP warned Government over fake detectors years ago

Yesterday he was convicted of a massive fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors. Today - questions were being asked about how James McCormick from Somerset got away with it for so long.

Mr McCormick, from Langport, was found guilty of conning governments around the world - he'll be sentenced next week.

Now an MP who says he alerted officials several years ago, wants to know why tougher action wasn't taken earlier.

Here's our political correspondent, Bob Constantine:


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Police: McCormick will 'continue to be a conman'

A businessman convicted today of selling fake bomb detectors has been described as "a conman", according to Avon and Somerset Police.

Speaking outside court, detective superintendent Nigel Rock said:

We have heard evidence from many, many experts, scientists, leaders in their field, who have said this was a fraud. A sham.

James McCormick is a conman. He will continue to be a conman. A man who's made millions of dollars is now convicted.

That device has been used and is still being used on checkpoints. People using that device believe it works. It does not.

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McCormick says he will be 'defiant until the end'

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.

James McCormick found guilty

James McCormick found guilty of fraud Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

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.

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