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Thu May 2, 2013, 08:57 AM

Fake bomb detector conman jailed for 10 years

Source: Guardian

A fraudster who sold more than 55m worth of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other security hot spots has been jailed for 10 years.

Jim McCormick, 57, was found guilty of three counts of fraud over the sale of bogus explosive and drug detection devices for as much as 10,000 each when they were based on 15 novelty golf ball finders.

At the Old Bailey in London on Thursday Mr Justice Hone handed down the maximum sentence for a crime he described as "a callous confidence trick". He said the case was the most serious of its kind he has known.

After the verdict, Iraqi exiles called for compensation from at least 7m in assets that are expected to be confiscated from the Somerset-based businessman.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/02/fake-bomb-detector-conman-jailed

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Reply Fake bomb detector conman jailed for 10 years (Original post)
dipsydoodle May 2013 OP
The Wizard May 2013 #1
HereSince1628 May 2013 #4
MisterP May 2013 #9
Sunlei May 2013 #2
dotymed May 2013 #3
dipsydoodle May 2013 #6
freshwest May 2013 #11
hobbit709 May 2013 #5
wilt the stilt May 2013 #7
tofuandbeer May 2013 #8
Blue_Tires May 2013 #10
grahamhgreen May 2013 #12

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:23 AM

1. Sounds familiar

like Joseph Smith who founded the Mormon Church (business exchange). He was wanted all over the country for conning people by telling them that for a fee, he would look at their property and tell them whether it contained gold.
He chose Utah because it was a territory not under the legal auspices as the States.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:38 AM

4. I hadn't known that he chosen a far west location prior to his assassination.



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Response to The Wizard (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:46 PM

9. when was Smith in Utah?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:25 AM

2. scammers probably grabbing some of the American federal trillions bush gave to the wars.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:32 AM

3. He will buy his way to "home detention."

55m....now his family fortune is made.
"They" never even tested them. Bribery should have been charged also.

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Response to dotymed (Reply #3)

Thu May 2, 2013, 10:10 AM

6. We don't have that as such in the UK

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #6)

Thu May 2, 2013, 02:56 PM

11. Good for you guys. This man costs lives and limbs with his scam.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:55 AM

5. Fitting punishment would be to use him as a bomb detector in those countries.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 12:47 PM

7. wrong country for him

If he was in America we would herald him as a keen businessman.

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Response to wilt the stilt (Reply #7)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:24 PM

8. Sad, but true.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 02:49 PM

10. I wonder how many other contractors are cashing in with fake/shoddy products

(HINT: ALL of them)

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 03:19 PM

12. To Iraq - which means the money came from us, I assume.

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