Panderer of fake bomb detectors denied appeal of 10-year sentence

Back in April, businessman Jim McCormick was found guilty for selling fake bomb detectors around the world for millions. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. We rejoiced. He has now lost his appeal of the sentence. We feel relieved.

Jim McCormick, who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq, loses appeal | Western Daily Press.

His application for leave to appeal against the sentence imposed at the Old Bailey earlier this year was thrown out by Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Nicol and the Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards.

The device, based off of a novelty golf ball finder (that didn’t work), didn’t work. It was a glorified dowsing device that sold for thousands of dollars. The Judge noted that it was clear McCormick knew it was worthless and very harmful.

“He did it for enormous profit and that conduct simply cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Thousands of these fake devices known as ADE651, Quadro Tracker , Alpha 6, MOLE,  GT-200, Sniffex, and PSD-22, were sold to peacekeepers and border control agencies around the world, including Iraq. They are likely still in use in some places.

Tip: P. Robinson

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  5 comments for “Panderer of fake bomb detectors denied appeal of 10-year sentence

  1. One Eyed Jack
    November 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    The punishment should fit the crime. Instead of 10 years in jail, how about 10 years working check points in Baghdad searching for bombs with his own device?

  2. November 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    that would be an excellent way to spend the 10 years. what about the millions of dollars he “stole”? will that be paid back; was he fined that amount? where is the money? there should be some restitution, if not for real but on paper so when he gets out, he starts paying it back

  3. Peter Robinson
    November 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Hi Saltydog,

    A case for the recovery of the proceeds of his crimes will commence at some time prior to the end of 12 Months following his conviction. Should he fail to reveal and pay back what is demanded in this case then his sentence can be extended. On my blog I have suggested that he should be ‘invoiced’ for every penny he invoiced, even though we know he kicked back large amounts in bribes to buyers, and that agents took some out as well. My argument is that so what. He invoiced the full amounts, and that is what the Police and Court should go after. That way he would spend at least another ten years in jail when he can’t pay it all back. I will be writing to the relevant authorities to suggest they take this approach.

  4. Tom
    November 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    How could a human being sink so low?
    Even now he is showing no remorse and seems more concerned about holding onto his money than he is about the 10 year sentence.
    How long will it be before some of his “clients” wake up and demand his extradition?

  5. ZombyWoof
    November 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    They should have given him 20 years with no chance of parole.

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