Live updates

Bomb detector fraudster to be sentenced today

James McCormick is being sentenced today after being found guilty for fraud Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Somerset businessman who made millions of pounds selling worthless pieces of plastic as bomb detectors will be sentenced at the old Bailey later.

James McCormick convinced 26 countries around the world to pay millions of pounds for his useless device. Iraq was his biggest customer.

Bomb detector fraud man to be sentenced today

James McCormick is being sentenced today after being found guilty for fraud Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Somerset businessman who made millions of pounds selling worthless pieces of plastic as bomb detectors will be sentenced at the old Bailey later.

James McCormick convinced 26 countries around the world to pay millions of pounds for his useless device. Iraq was his biggest customer.

Advertisement

Somerset businessman to stand trial for selling fake bomb-detectors

A businessman is to stand trial for selling useless bomb detectors to security forces on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim McCormick, 55, from Park Farm, Hambridge, Langport in Somerset, allegedly earned £50m trading the devices for use in war zones around the world.

He denies three counts of possessing articles for use in fraud and three counts of making or supplying articles for use in fraud knowing they were designed or adapted to be used fraudulently.

His firm, ATSC, based in Yeovil, Somerset, sold 6,500 devices at between £1,000 and £40,000 each, claiming they could detect not only explosives but also drugs, ivory, diamonds and cash.

Prosecutors told City of London Magistrates Court that loss of life had occurred because of the use of the devices.

Mr McCormick and five other defendants are due to stand trial for fraudulently selling the fake detectors over the last five years.

Mr McCormick was arrested and charged on July 12 following a two-and-a-half year investigation by Avon and Somerset Police. He was released on bail after putting up a £20,000 surety.

All six defendants appeared at the City of London Magistrates Court for a brief administrative hearing, and were sent to the Old Bailey for a hearing on October 18.