Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Jim McCormick, who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq, loses appeal 

A conman who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq has lost a challenge against his 10-year jail sentence.
Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected an application by James McCormick, 57, of Langport, Somerset.
  1. Jim McCormick, who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq, loses appeal
    James McCormick, the Somerset businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq that were in fact golf ball finders, has lost his appeal against his sentence at the Court of Appeal
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.

McCormick, a former policeman and salesman who was found guilty of three offences of fraud, was thought to have made £50 million from selling three models based on a novelty £13 golf ball finder to Iraq and other countries.   

Giving the ruling of the court today, Judge Edwards said of the “callous confidence trick” carried out by McCormick: “The circumstances were quite appalling. The applicant knew precisely what he was doing.

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

At the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Hone told McCormick, when imposing the maximum sentence: “I am wholly satisfied that your fraudulent conduct in selling so many useless devices for simply enormous profit promoted a false sense of security and in all probability materially contributed to causing death and injury to innocent individuals.”

The prosecution said there was no scientific basis to the detectors and they were nothing more than a con.

Judge Hone told McCormick: ”What you perpetrated was a callous confidence trick. The device was useless, the profit outrageous and your culpability as a fraudster has to be placed in the highest category.

”Your profits were obscene. You have neither insight, shame or any sense of remorse.”

The judge said McCormick had shown a ”cavalier disregard of the potentially fatal consequences” of his con.

McCormick, who until the end continued to maintain the detectors worked, is facing a confiscation hearing to recover millions of pounds.

He is believed to have sold 6,000 of his fake detectors to Iraq and 1,000 to other police and military forces including United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon.

Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Jim-McCormick-sold-fake-bomb-detectors-Iraq-loses/story-20066575-detail/story.html#ixzz2kRKBSRyZ

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


Kent businessman jailed for seven years over fake bomb detectors

Gary Bolton made up to £3m a year selling bogus equipment based on novelty golf ball finder
Devices sold by Gary Bolton
Devices sold by Gary Bolton.
Gary Bolton (Picture Mike Gunnill)
A Kent businessman who made up to £3m a year from the sale of fake bomb detectors around the world has been jailed for seven years by a judge at the Old Bailey.

Gary Bolton, 47, hawked the bogus kit to military and police clients in countries including Mexico, Thailand, Pakistan, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Egypt and Tunisia despite it being based on a novelty golf ball finder.

The devices cost as little as £1.82 to make and were sold for as much as £15,000. They remain in use in Thailand, where human rights campaigners claim they have cost lives, and were only abandoned by Mexican agencies in 2011.

Sentencing him on two counts of making and selling an article for use in fraud over a period of five years, Mr Justice Hone said: "The culpability and harm of what you were doing is at the highest level because when used for the detection of explosives, in my judgment the use of the GT200, albeit in conjunction with other detectors, did materially increase the risk of personal injury and death."
Human rights campaigners in Thailand, where the devices were widely used by the army and police, have identified two fatal bombings that killed four people and injured more after the device was used to check suspicious vehicles.

Bolton's sentence follows that of his former business partner Jim McCormick, who was jailed for 10 years in May for selling around £50m worth of similar devices, many to postwar Iraq where their use is thought to have cost lives.

Speaking in mitigation, Jonathan Higgs QC said Bolton had three children, including a eight-month-old baby, and had been diagnosed with depression.

The court heard that branches of the UK government had offered some support to Bolton's enterprise, called Global Technical. They include UKTI, Whitehall's export sales arm, and the British embassy in Mexico, which from 2005 to 2009 offered support though introductions to potential clients and allowed Bolton's firm to use its premises for demonstrations.

"You have damaged the reputation of British trade abroad, having duped UKTI and other agencies dedicated to supporting the export of quality British goods as opposed to the dross that you manufactured," said the judge.

The jury heard that Bolton's devices were "nothing more than a box with a handle and antennae attached to it and pieces of plastic inside it".

The charges related to a period from 2007 to 2012, but Bolton began marketing the device in 2000 demonstrating it in Malta, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa.

In 1999 the Royal Engineers exports support team tested a version of the invention, at Bolton's request, but the army unit found it to be accurate only around 30% of the time, the court heard.
Bolton went on to doctor the reports to make them appear a clear vindication of the science he claimed was behind the device. A version of the report, seen by the Guardian, claims the detector "looks for the atomic structure of the substance and once located locks on giving its location". It "operates by the generation of static electricity within the body, which sets up a field around the searcher, activating the unit and making it attract to the substance".

Bolton claimed that his detectors worked with a range of 766 yards at ground level and from as far as 2.5 miles in the air and said they were effective through lead-lined and metal walls, water, containers and earth.

Bolton's sales pitch boasted of detecting explosives, narcotics, ivory, tobacco and even money. The prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told the jury when arrested in July 2012 Bolton "said he had no background in science, research, training or specifically security". During the trial Bolton called in his defence an expert in dowsing, a method of "divining" for water using sticks.

It has taken more than 16 years for the law to catch up with Bolton. Tests in 2001 proved the detectors performed no better than random in searches for explosives.


Another fraudster bites the dust at the Old Bailey.
Gary Bolton, 'inventor' of the GT200 is to be re-united with his old friend and business partner Jim McCormick in jail.
Bolton was today sentenced to 7 years jail for his fraud, although why the difference in sentences is unclear.
Very well done to all those that brought this about.

Monday, 29 July 2013


On Friday the 26th of July, a jury at the Old Bailey convicted, Gary Bolton of fraud. As readers will know Bolton is another swivel stick explosives detector salesman. I suppose it would be the height of irony if he was to share a cell with his fellow fraudster, McCormick.
Anyway, on to the title of this post, one of the defining moments in McCormick's trial came when it was revealed that McCormick's detectors were based on nothing more than a novelty golf ball finder, and so it was with Bolton, read the extract from the trial below:

"One of these witnesses was Mr. Geoffrey Crockford, who had also provided Mr. Bolton with the concept of dia-and para-magnetism as an explanation for the operating principle for his substance detection device. When cross-examined under oath by Mr. Richard Whittam QC about his theory of bio location using a sixth, magnetic, human sense, Mr. Crockford explained how he had in 2012 successfully used dowsing to prove retrospectively, a UFO visit by Galactic Intelligent Life-Forms (GILFs) to  Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, UK, Earth, in 1980."

What the jury thought of this 'revelation' is sadly not reported, but without doubt it was probably the moment that sunk Bolton's defence.
In an attempt to gain sympathy with the court, Bolton now claims to have, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, see link:
This is what the thieving ex MP Margaret Moran claimed when she got caught, sadly in her case the court fell for it. Like Moran, it appears Bolton's PTSD came on him after he had been caught, surprisingly there was no sign of this supposed illness when he was jetting around the world first class with his girlfriend. Let us hope that Mr Justice Hone sees right through this cynical attempt to avoid the full consequences of Bolton's crime and, like McCormick gives Bolton the maximum sentence allowed by law.


Saturday, 6 July 2013


Over at my friend Peter's blog (http://ade651gt200scamfraud.blogspot.co.uk/) the supporters of the fallen ADE651 still refuse to believe the real evidence. They are polluting his blog with snippets of anecdotal evidence from the trial of their hero McCormick, currently enjoying 10 years at Her Majesty's pleasure.
We have added it to the copious amounts previously submitted by, fools and mugs the world over, sorry 'users' and of course we are giving it our full attention, see below:

As I said, they are cherry picking bits of anecdotal evidence from the trial and using it as evidence that the ADE651 works, they have forgotten some important points so I will remind them, what about the Golf Ball Finder scam, you know where McCormick ordered hundreds of them from America then simply re-badged them as, 'explosive detectors', how do you get round that point?
What about the 12 INDEPENDENT people on the jury who heard ALL the evidence anecdotal and real, and came to the unanimous verdict that the ADE651 was a fraud and that, McCormick was guilty of that fraud?
What about, Mr Justice Hone, the judge, who having heard all the evidence, read all the reports gave McCormick 10 years in jail, the maximum allowed by law, doesn't seem much doubt in his mind does there?
Anyway I'm bored with these idiots now, I have to rush I'm going for a drink with my good friend, Elvis.


The Loch Ness Monster Lives, irrefutable evidence provided by, Professor Apostol (Who has seen it a thousand times) and some, East European Police Officer who just happened to be passing by.

Friday, 14 June 2013


Look at the two pictures printed below and let's play, 'spot the difference'?

ADE 651
Regular readers of this blog will instantly recognize the well known, and proven fraud the ADE651.

Yes, you read that correctly, the picture above shows a Merseyside Police Officer with their latest tool to combat cocaine within the city, read the press release below from the, Liverpool Echo dated the, 6th March 2013:
"Ground-breaking £40 cocaine torch rolled out to find drug-taking clubbers in Liverpool"

A REVOLUTIONARY £40 torch that sniffs out cocaine-fuelled clubbers is being rolled out at city nightspots as part of a huge drugs crackdown.
The scheme will target drug abusers who try to get into Liverpool’s busiest bars and clubs.
The ultra-violet torch, which makes tiny particles of cocaine appear bright green, will be shone in clubbers’ faces by door staff. The devices make it easy to spot the faintest traces – even remnants of powder on nasal hairs.
Police last weekend issued torches to city centre bars free of charge in a bid to combat the scourge of cocaine use.
Street prices have plummeted in Liverpool in recent years, with a gram of the Class-A drug obtainable for as little as £30.
City centre-based Inspector Mark Lawes told the ECHO: “The torches will be used by door staff as a condition of entry and will show if someone has cocaine present on their skin.
If the torch shows that cocaine is present, staff will turn them away.
“The city’s licensees have already got on board with this latest initiative, and in the first weekend alone 40 bars used the torch.
“Research has shown that we see increased violence when people use cocaine and alcohol, and early indications show violence reduced over the first weekend of the campaign.”
The devices, purchased through funding from Liverpool primary care trusts, have been greeted with enthusiasm by bar owners in Concert Square, an area of the city centre particularly afflicted by cocaine.
Jonathan Boucher, who owns popular boutique club Allure and sits on a committee of Concert Square bars and clubs, said: “I think it is a great thing.
“There’s no denying that the city has got a problem with cocaine, especially in Concert Square.
“You can see the aggression from people who are on cocaine, there is a lack of respect to the authorities, not just police but door staff as well.
“Cocaine turns clubbers into Jekyll and Hyde characters.
“On the evening they want to kill everyone, the next day they can’t be more apologetic.
“It is not nice for staff. These torches will be a great deterrent.”
Police hope the torches will eventually be taken up by all bars and clubs in the Ropewalks, Gay Quarter and Albert Dock areas.
Officers have been visiting bar owners to show them how to use the device.
Inspector Lawes said: “We are committed to maximising the use of new technology and this is just one tactic used to address issues of drug and alcohol related violence.
“Officers will continue to use cocaine spot-checks in the city alongside passive drug dogs and mobile policing units out to catch the minority intent on using drugs.
“By joining forces with licensees and partners, we aim to keep our bars, pubs and clubs safe.”

This is all well and good, but isn't there just a hint of the ADE651 believers talk in this story, and what about the boundless enthusiasm by the Police?

The other problem to put a dent in all of this, and it's a big problem, like the ADE651 the cocaine torch, DOES NOT WORK. Many of the comments that I have read about the ADE651 scam was, "why didn't they test them"? Perhaps Merseyside Police should have done the same, see below:

Headline and report from the, BBC Newsbeat Team:

"Drug torches for bouncers 'don't spot cocaine'"

Merseyside Police have purchased dozens of the devices and given them to bars and clubs in Liverpool city centre.

They are encouraging door staff to shine the lights on customers' faces to detect traces of cocaine.
The force says the torches are just one tactic being used to address drug-related violence.
Newsbeat first reported on similar torches in 2009, when they were being used by other police forces.

Home Office scientists later produced a report which said they shouldn't be used as a basis for arrest, but may act as a useful deterrent.
'Jedi weapon'
Newsbeat joined officers on a Friday evening in Liverpool.

Inspector Ian Humphreys, responsible for policing the city centre, said the torches had been well received.
"Licensees and door staff have picked them up and run with them," he said.
"Some are using them as a condition of entry which is a good thing."


(For the video showing this test go to:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22891975)

Newsbeat took a torch to toxicologist John Ramsey at St George's University in London.
His company TICTAC Communications produces a drugs database, which is used by police forces.

In a dark room, John shone the torch on five cocaine samples:

  • Three from drug amnesty bins
  • One seized by the UK Border Agency
  • One of 100% pure cocaine hydrochloride

None of the samples "fluoresced" under the torch.

John Ramsey said: "There is really no point trying to use UV torches to detect cocaine use - they just don't work."

Liverpool North Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: "Any tool that makes people think twice about using cocaine in a busy city centre, and therefore reducing violence, has got to be an additional benefit to what is already a robust policing plan. (The old placebo defence to what turns out to be a crock of shit)

"The use of the torches also underlies the force's commitment to work in partnership with responsible bar and club owners and fully licensed door staff, in order to maintain the safety of the public and to ensure Liverpool is one of the safest cities in the country." (How can something that has been proven not to work help maintain the safety of the public?)

The ultra-violet torches are sold by British several companies for a variety of reasons.

One of them, JNE Marketing, describes it as the "cocaine torch" on its website.

Nick Hughes from JNE said: "We have always sold our UV torch as a multifunction torch as it has numerous uses such as identifying Smartwater, counterfeit currency, UV markings, security features on credit cards, forensic evidence and drug detection (Holy shit Batman this has undertones of the ADE651)."

Can we expect the early arrest of, Nick Hughes from JNE for Fraud by Misrepresentation, or will Merseyside Police embarrassment at having been scammed prevent him having to stand trial? I big sorry to all the people that said to me, "AT LEAST IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN HERE"!