Millionaire businessman convicted of fraud after selling fake bomb detectors.

#1
Ballsy to market these in the first place. Can't imagine there's much remorse having raked in what he did.

BBC News said:
Millionaire businessman James McCormick, 56, has been convicted at the Old Bailey of three counts of fraud after selling fake bomb detectors.

The Advanced Detection Equipment was based on a golf ball finder device and sold for up to $40,000 (£27,000) in Iraq, Georgia, Saudi Arabia and Niger.

McCormick, of Langport, Somerset, made an estimated £50m from sales of his fake detectors.

He marketed the detectors to military, governments and police and even the UN.

The models were described by prosecutors as completely ineffectual and lacking any grounding in science.

There is no evidence that he tried to sell to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), but an Essex policeman organised a demonstration which was watched by an MoD inspector.

McCormick claimed that the detectors could bypass "all forms of concealment".

However Richard Whittam QC, who was prosecuting, said "the devices did not work and he knew they did not work."

McCormick was remanded on conditional bail and will be sentenced on 2 May.

Watch Newsnight's full report on the fake bomb detector story and the programme's investigation into it at 22:30 BST on BBC Two on Tuesday 23 April 2013.
 
#3
There's three things I don't understand:

1 - Why bomb detectors? The morality of it is sickening.

2 - Why produce something with no scientific grounding at all? At least build a shit bomb detector so that you can't be prosecuted for fraud.

3 - If you're capable of pulling this off, why not start a legitimate business instead?
 
#4
There's three things I don't understand:

1 - Why bomb detectors? The morality of it is sickening.

2 - Why produce something with no scientific grounding at all? At least build a shit bomb detector so that you can't be prosecuted for fraud.

3 - If you're capable of pulling this off, why not start a legitimate business instead?
1 - Money has no morals. The love of money is the root of all evil remember.

2 - I would assume the "bomb detector" did something, it can be used to find golf balls so it must do something, which ould look good at a demo. A metal box with wires that goes "beep" wouldn't be as convincing?

3 - Finding something that will return a profit of 50Million for nothing but a bit of waffle and front isn't that easy.

4 - He is a **** but then again the people who gave him 50million are just as big a bunch of cnuts to be taken in by him.
 
#5
<cynical mode>

As effective at stopping terrorist attacks as metal detectors and X-ray machines at airports, or for that matter armed police at UK airports, or, yes, Scimitars parked outside airports

</cynical mode>

Whether they actually physically detect bombs or not, they're part of the 'security theatre' - admitting publicly that they don't work actually makes them not work, telling everyone that they do work, even if they don't, actually makes them effective at reducing bomb attacks
 
#6
I would assume the "bomb detector" did something, it can be used to find golf balls so it must do something, which ould look good at a demo. A metal box with wires that goes "beep" wouldn't be as convincing?
I believe the golf ball detector was a novelty item, rather than something that actually worked. Effectively, a box with wires that went beep.

Finding something that will return a profit of 50Million for nothing but a bit of waffle and front isn't that easy.
Someone who can sell £50m of fake bomb detectors would have no trouble selling something that actually worked.

He is a **** but then again the people who gave him 50million are just as big a bunch of cnuts to be taken in by him.
Not all of them. Most people would assume that an established product that's in use by governments around the world is going to work; and many wouldn't have access to the materials required to test such a device.
 
#7
Can't imagine there's much remorse having raked in what he did.
Stand-by for no-win-no-fee compensation claims from dozens of Iraqi victims, if he hasn't managed to conceal all his ill-gotten assets.

I wonder whether he had PLI and whether that would cover it.
 
#9
Bastard stole my idea, what about a dodgy remote control bomb detector next. It can only detect bombs after they have detonated. Any one got any better sales pitches
 
#10
Whatever happened to the concept of "Caveat Emptor"?

He was able to make a bundle of cash flogging shite to Johnny Foreigner - well done that man. More fool the idiots who bought them without trialling them first.

Rodney2q
 
#11
About bloody time. Wonder how many Coalition lives were lost because of Iraqi Security Forces using, what is in effect, nothing more than a bloody wire coat hanger.
 
#12
I believe the golf ball detector was a novelty item, rather than something that actually worked. Effectively, a box with wires that went beep.
I can’t verify it but I found this:
RadarGolf System - Review of the RadarGolf Ball Positioning System

Assuming that is correct then it would be easy to demonstrate the equipment by putting one of the chips in a fake bomb and then finding it.

Of course a competent organisation would provide their own bomb to be found and so prove that it did not actually detect bombs.
 
#15
Rather makes me wonder what sort of bloody fools were taken in by such outlandish claims.
This sort:

" ....is now alleged by an Iraqi whistleblower that McCormick paid millions of pounds in bribes to senior Iraqis to secure the deals. Inspector general Aqil al-Turehi of the Iraqi interior ministry told a BBC Newsnight investigation: "This gang of Jim McCormick and the Iraqis working with him killed my people in cold blood."

A former colleague of McCormick told the BBC he saw him set up accounts in false names for 15 Iraqi officials. He said they "don't care if people live or die"; the only thing they care about is "how much am I going to get back – cashback".

UK businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq | UK news | guardian.co.uk
 
#16
Wouldn't it be nice if he was sent somewhere with real IED's which he had to detect with his 'bomb detector'.
 
#17
These are still being used operationally in Southern Thailand as well. The generals got the kickbacks and the soldiers get **** all- an investigation has said there is nothing wrong with them ffs!

EOD guys killed yesterday dealing with a booby trapped device ( not necessarily connected to this 'detector' though). Bear in mind they also had to buy amulets off one the general's favourite monk as well to protect them the other year.
 
#20
McCormick isn't Irish by chance is he?
 
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