08:53 25 April 2013
James McCormick, the conman who sold fake detective bombs putting thousands of lives at risk, was found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey. The 57-year-old millionaire made £50million by selling novelty golf ball finders for $40,000 each.
He earned the most in Iraq where he sold the fake devices to the government in Baghdad over a period of years.
McCormick, who claimed that nobody else in the world knows bomb more than he does, claimed that the bomb detectors were designed in such a way that they can trace everything including explosive, narcotics, gemstones, different types of fluids, ivory, and hidden people.
He also claimed that the detectors were able to operate through walls, underground, and underwater.
According to Detective Superintendent Nigel Rock of Avon and Somerset Police, the devices are still being used in some countries. He told The Independent: “People using that device believe it works, it does not. We have heard evidence from many, many experts, scientists, leaders in their field, who have said this was a fraud, a sham.”
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