3 May 2013

Fake bomb detector salesman jailed

9:27 pm on 3 May 2013

A businessman in Britain has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other countries.

James McCormick, 57, was convicted of fraud last week for selling equipment based on a cheap novelty machine for finding lost golf balls.

McCormick is thought to have made £50 million from sales of more than 7000 of the fake devices, the BBC reports.

At the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Hone said McCormick had blood on his hands. One invoice showed sales of £38 million over three years to Iraq.

Police earlier said the ADE-651 devices are still in use at some checkpoints in Iraq.

His customers included the United Nations, Georgia, Romania, Niger, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.