McCormick pleads not guilty to fraud charges over dowser-like bomb detectors

Somerset businessman Jim McCormick denies fraud charges over bomb detectors | This is Somerset.

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.

  3 comments for “McCormick pleads not guilty to fraud charges over dowser-like bomb detectors

  1. Phil
    October 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Since his devices don’t work and there is no mechanism to work, I don’t see his defense. If he claims to be an expert in electronics it is clearly fraud since hr should know better.

  2. October 26, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Let’s set up a minefield and drop him in the middle of it – then he can demonstrate his trust in the effectiveness of his doodad.

  3. October 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Many thanks for pointing your followers to my blog. It has been a long battle but I think we are near the end.
    McCormick will stand trial on 6 counts of fraud relating to the ADE651, on the 4th March 2013 at the Old Bailey.

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