Gary Bolton slapped with seven-year sentence for fake bomb detectors

In an update to this story about Gary Bolton found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors, he has been sentenced.

BBC News – Businessman Gary Bolton jailed over fake bomb detectors.

A businessman who sold fake bomb detectors around the world has been jailed for seven years.

The devices made by Gary Bolton, 47, were simply boxes with handles and antennae, the Old Bailey heard.

As he passed sentence, Judge Richard Hone QC described the equipment as “useless” and “dross” and said Bolton had damaged the reputation of British trade abroad.

The court heard that Bolton knew the devices were useless. The same arguments were made for James McCormick who was sentenced to 10 years. Bolton had a device by McCormick in his home as well. Here is some background on the relations between the two men who have been prosecuted for the similar bomb dowsing scam.

With the closure of this case, we can only hope that these crap devices will fade from use. But many still insist they work. They are fooling themselves and putting citizens at severe risk.

Tip: P. Robinson

  3 comments for “Gary Bolton slapped with seven-year sentence for fake bomb detectors

  1. Stuart Robbins
    August 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I am normally not for long prison sentences. But 7 years for making millions of pounds off a scam that killed people is NOT even CLOSE to long enough.

  2. August 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    The Guardian and other news outlets are reporting the involvement of a few UK government agencies in the promotion of these devices too.

  3. Peter Robinson
    August 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Yes Kev. Excellent article by Rob Booth on those aspects which we are hoping will be followed up. See here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/government-fake-bomb-detectors-bolton

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