Someone needs to explain this insanity to me. Is it money? I’m guessing is money and really ignorant buyers.
Bomb detectors similar to fake devices sold by a fraudulent Somerset businessman have been patented by a Romanian company, the BBC has learned.
Police say Mira Telecom had links to Jim McCormick, who was jailed for 10 years for fraud for selling devices modelled on novelty golf ball finders.
The Bucharest-based firm, which specialises in security and telecoms, claims on its website to have received an EU grant to research the production of detection equipment for explosives and drugs.
The patent holder is Dr Marian Apostol, of Institute of Atomic Physics. He was also a defense witness who testified that McCormick’s device had performed well. He’s also sounds like one of those people who THINKS he can’t he can’t be fooled.
Speaking to BBC Inside Out last month, he said: “I’m an expert in this field and I know what I’m talking about.
And those are the people who are often easiest to fool. This is cut and dried at this point. These devices DO NOT work. A different expert, Dr Sutherland, said: “I’ve had a very close look at this patent and as far as I can tell it’s exactly the same device, it just simply has a battery and a flashing LED light and an extra little bit of circuitry that allows it to generate some electromagnetic signals. [Electromagnetic signals will not detect bombs.]
“Based on the physics behind this, I can’t see any way that either this device [points at patent] or this device can work.”
And that is the only part that makes any sense. The saga of fake bomb detectors continues.
Tip: P. Robinson