A South Somerset businessman accused of selling apparently useless bomb detectors to security forces on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan has denied fraud at the Old Bailey.
Jim McCormick, 56, of Park Farm, Hambridge, allegedly raked in £50 million by trading devices destined for use in war zones around the world.
His ATSC firm, based at Sparkford, sold the devices for between £1,000 and £40,000 each, claiming they could detect not only explosives but drugs, ivory, diamonds and cash it is alleged.
McCormick had customers in Iraq, Hong Kong, Belgium, Kenya, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Romania, it is said.
He and five others face a series of fraud charges relating to the sale of detectors over a five-year period.
Here is the story on McCormick’s charges.
Frankly, I’m at a loss to imagine how he can possibly show he did not know these devices did not work in their intended use. There were no independent tests done on the ADE651 device.
Here is the NY Times expose on the devices.
You can follow more about these devices at this blog.