Doubtful News has kept up on the ongoing accusations, arrests and convictions of those involved in a scam that garnered millions of dollars from security forces around the world in exchange for a cheap, useless “bomb detector” and device that was claimed to find other things including drugs and missing children.
A couple in their sixties who made fake bomb detectors and sold them around the world have been convicted of fraud.
The couple had denied fraud at the Old Bailey trial, claiming their device, sold as Alpha 6, did work.
It consisted of an aerial on a handle into which a card was slotted. The card was supposedly programmed to detect different substances.
The couple, of Houghton Road, also claimed the device could help police find missing child Madeleine McCann.
The detectors were marketed by the couple’s company Keygrove and some were found to have bits of torn-up paper inside, including a photo of missing Madeleine.
Det Con Joanne Law said: “Sam and Joan Tree are criminals who put lives at risk when they chose to cash in on detectors manufactured to supposedly locate anything from hidden explosives to missing persons.
The devices were really nothing more than plastic boxes with an antenna attached. The manufacturing costs was only a few pounds per device but they sold thousands per unit, sometimes as much as £1,100 (approx. $2000).
The case of Madeleine McCann has to date not been solved.
Following news of the guilty verdicts on Samuel and Joan Tree, the news has emerged that Gary Bolton of GT200 infamy appealed against both his conviction and sentence. Bolton lost challenges against his conviction and seven-year jail sentence yesterday. This news could not be revealed until the Trees verdict.
Bolton was present in the dock of the court to hear Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Wilkie and Mr Justice Green reject his claims that he suffered “unfair prejudice” during his trial and that his sentence was too long.
Lord Justice Pitchford said the sentence was “appropriate” for the criminality involved in his case.
It’s important to spread the word about these wins against fraud.
Tip: P. Robinson