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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.

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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.

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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.