Maker of fake bomb detector gets prison
James McCormick, seen here arriving in a London court on April 23, 2013, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
May 2nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Maker of fake bomb detector gets prison

The maker of a fake bomb detector that investigators say put lives at risk was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison by a London court.

James McCormick, 57, marketed his ADE 651 units to government agencies and private companies around the world, including in Iraq, with sales exceeding $50 million by his own admission.

However, independent tests showed the device has no better than a random chance of finding a golf ball, much less a bomb.

British police say the device - the ADE standing for "Advanced Detection Equipment" - is really a novelty golf-ball finder with the label removed.

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  1. saywhat

    Good morning @bobcat
    Indeed this site is becoming insipid and your last two observations seem the more plausible.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      It's just about getting to be an effort not worth pursuing any longer. When you labor over the decision to press a button to get to this site, that's kinda sad. This used to be a fun place to come to.

      May 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    50million in sales? Government contract?? Lmao he probably got 10 yrs for the embarrassment to the govt officials. Its the perfect example of how govt does its due diligence, to protect its people.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    TSA contract for airport bomb detectors, made with pride in Afghanistan. 🙁

    May 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    50 million? Government contract? The government should be indicted for such a lack of diligence.

    May 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, i suspect it has more to do with the new leadership at cnn than the journalists enthusiasm. You lead by example they say and obviously some leadership training needs to start at the top.

    May 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chucky

    Shame on you James. Your mommie is going to ground you.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chucky

    49 + 1 = 50. I posted the 50th comment!
    What's my prize!?!

    May 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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