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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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.

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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