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. chrissy

    Funny YOU said that very thing the other day and didnt claim it was a troll then. Are those not your words?

    May 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    The importance of this story is eclipsed by whether or not the device could really find lost golf balls!

    May 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hamsta

    At least the troll recognizes that I think Obama is the biggest failure in American history. But the troll is just repeating what I already said.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    The ADE 651 is still a usefull tool for "sniffing out crap", as evidenced by Mc Cormicks capture.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hamsta

    I don't take crredit for saying he wad never born in the United States however, but why did it take him so long to show proof of Identification and why is he so offended by it. I have to prove I am a citizen every day at work when I have to show my ridiculously expensive ID to get in the gate.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    If you are able to carry a clipboard and keep a serious face, you can be the next millionaire.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    My troll you are slipping up now. Not even a good imitation of me.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol @ Jeff so you must REALLY like pepperoni then huh?

    May 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      The above IS a fake.

      May 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    They should handle the scam like Obama would.... "FAKE BOMB DETECTOR CONTROL"

    May 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    When the porker gets to prison, they should feed him "fake food.".

    May 3, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    A man could not make clam chowder in a Boston apartment without his wife's knowing about it. How could the marathon-bomber suspect's wife have failed to detect a bomb being made in a pressure cooker inside her apartment?

    May 3, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Good question@JI-F.

    May 3, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    it will take quite a while before we have all the answers, that is if we ever get to know them.

    May 3, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Why is the Texas explosion ,horrible loss of life & property so pointedly being ignored?

    May 3, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Do we all need to start submitting our own news stories ? I'm just asking because there seems to be a lack of jounalisitc enthusiasm on this site lately. I mean, I know for a fact there has got to be some kind of news going on out there.
    Has CNN fired their staff because of their failure to stimulate converstion over their stories ?
    Or is their unwarranted censorship on these blogs beginning to take a toll on the readership and responses here ?
    Or have their reporters become like we bloggers and just don't give a giant hairy rats butt anymore ?

    May 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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