The maker of a fake bomb detector that investigators say put lives at risk was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison by a London court.
James McCormick, 57, marketed his ADE 651 units to government agencies and private companies around the world, including in Iraq, with sales exceeding $50 million by his own admission.
British police say the device, whose initials stand for “Advanced Detection Equipment,” is really a novelty golf-ball finder with the label removed.
Sentencing McCormick, Judge Richard Hone said: “You are the driving force and sole director behind [the fraud].”
He added: “The device was useless, the profit outrageous, and your culpability as a fraudster has to be considered to be of the highest order.”
McCormwick got 10 years on each of the counts but they are run concurrently. He’s only eligible for parole after five years.
The judge was harsh with his words, giving him the maximum sentence.
But this is not really enough for a person who may be responsible for many deaths. Because the deaths are indirect, and each case can not be proved, it does not “feel” like he had a role in killing people, but he did.
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