A British businessman conned governments around the world by selling them useless bomb detectors that were little more than golf ball finders, a jury heard [last week].
Jim McCormick allegedly charged up to £27,000 for the fake devices, which he also flogged to police and military services for a “handsome but unwarranted profit”.
Brochures – featuring men in military-type outfits – promised the detection of substances from planes, beyond walls and even beneath the ground, said prosecutor Richard Whittam, QC.
But all three models – the ADE650, 651 and 101 – were a sham and did not work, he added.
In fact the 101’s forerunner, the 100, was just a £13 golf ball finder.