Tuesday, April 23, 2013

James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

A British businessman who sold bogus bomb detectors to countries at war where hundreds of people were dying and injured by explosive devices was found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey today.

James McCormick made massive sums of money selling novelty ‘golfball finders’ worth just $20 for up to $40,000 each. His maximum profits were from the vicious war in Iraq which became a byword for terrible suffering. The 57-year-old former policeman sold the devices to the government in Baghdad over a period of years for a total of $75 million.

McCormick had claimed that the ‘detectors’ could trace “everything from explosives to elephants” including narcotics, different types of fluids, gemstones, ivory and hidden people. They were able to operate, he maintained, through walls, underwater and underground.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/millionaire-businessman-james-mccormick-found-guilty-of-selling-fake-bomb-detectors-8584621.html