Jail for man who sold fake bomb detectors

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Fake bomb detector

A British millionaire has been jailed for ten years for making fake bomb detectors.

James McCormick made around £50 million from selling the fake devices to countries like Iraq and Georgia.

He claimed the bogus kits could spot explosives. But they didn't work - and were actually based on a golf ball finder.

James McCormick
Police called James McCormick a "conman".

6000 were sold to Iraq where people thought they would help save lives.

Police say that some of the fake detectors are still being used at checkpoints in the Middle East.

Mr McCormick claimed the devices would work under water and would track an object up to 1000 metres below the ground.

But that was all a lie. In reality McCormick's device was based on £13 golf ball finders which he had bought from the US and which had no working electronics.