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.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    If they didn't work......those folks who authorized buying the device, should be in jail right along side of this apparent snake oil salesman

    May 2, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Stew

      Exactly tony. This doesn't make any sense!

      May 2, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Pinche

      Oh here's an interesting fact. The USA had the second coldest spring in the history of recording it. Where is Al Gore on this one?

      May 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The Obamacare will tear apart the working class. Either buy insurance that you don't need, or pay a big fine. Guess the insurance lobbyists have been in bed in Washington with you know who.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay jay

    No story on the Benghazi developments CNN? Yea I wouldn't touch that one either

    May 2, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      I'm lost. Which way to Fox News?

      May 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      To the right. But let's not address my point shall we...

      May 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Criminal News Network is involved in the coverup.

      May 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    My cynical comment of the day:

    If he was involved in development of the F-35, he'd still be on the job. It doesn't work either.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      It works,it just cost over a trillion bucks to get it that way. The worst part of it all is China stole a lot of the Tec and is reproducing it for a fraction of the cost.

      May 2, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Some people should take a deep breath and hold it for 20 minutes... 😉

    May 2, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And some people should take a deep breath and hold it forever.

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

    10 years is better than nothing, but this guy belongs in a CIA torture prison for terrorism supporters. Yes, I know he is not in the US, but the Brits are too polite to give him what he deserves.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Many ways for profiteering from war. Besides death & destruction thats what wars are all about.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    I'm coming across all sorts of news from all over, no word on recovery , healing process or folks in W.Texas after that horrible tragedy?

    May 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      I know @saywhat. I have scoured the news sources on the West, Tx tragedy and not a word is written about a tragedy on US soil.

      May 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      That's because Obamacare, taxing the rich and oppressive government unfriendly to business is causing businesses to overlook safety issues while increasing production with less manpower.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    A true "CONfidence" man.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ hamsta, i bet if the sun didnt set at the time you expected it too you would find a way to blame Obama wouldnt you? Ya hater!

    May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Say what you want, but I point the finger where it belongs. That's exactly why there is 2 criminal investigations again st the Obama administration for covering up Bengahzi and election fraud for forgery. Oh yeah, don't forget fast and furious, that makes 3 and if this Texas thing ends up being a direct result of oppresive government that will be 4. And you say Bush is a criminal?

      May 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    As for these bomb detectors, how the heck did it get this far in the first place? Didnt ANY of the governments purchasing them THINK they should be tested first? Thats pretty dumb!

    May 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat. That was the BEST joke youve ever told! Lol

    May 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hamsta

    By the way, Obama is not a U. S. citizen. He was born in Italy with ties to the mob. That's right.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hamsta

    A man like Obama with such soft hands, softer than a woman, thin built, supportive of gay marriages, stating that he is proud of Jason Collins just doesn't seem right for a man. I just wonder.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hamsta

    Chrissy, I thought better of you than that. You are talking to my troll.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hamsta

    Chrissy you are talking to my troll.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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