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PostSubject: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:29 pm

A conman who put thousand of lives at risks by selling fake bomb detectors was given advice on how to market the devices to United Nations agencies by British Government officials, it has emerged.
James McCormick made £50million by selling the plastic objects based on £13 novelty 'golf ball finders' to security forces - particularly in Iraq, where they were used at virtually every checkpoint in Baghdad and Basra from 2006 and are still in use today.
The 57-year-old touted the ‘completely ineffectual’ gadgets for up to £27,000 each to police forces and armies around the world.

And it has now been revealed that he attended a seminar on 'how to sell to the UN' organised by UK Trade & Investment in March 2008, where he met with officials responsible for promoting British business abroad.
Although there is no evidence that staff at the seminar knew the devices were useless, the Department for Business was warned about the dangers of fake detectors in 2008.
A whistleblower sent a dossier entitled 'Dowsing rods endanger lives' to business minister Ian Pearson in November that year, saying: 'Somebody is going to be seriously hurt or killed using or relying on these devices to detect explosives, if they haven't already.'
The gadgets are essentially just hand-held aerials fixed to plastic hinges.
But, incredibly, McCormick persuaded governments and military chiefs that they could detect tiny traces of explosives, drugs, ivory and even humans at a distance of up to three miles.
Yesterday the ‘morally bankrupt’ businessman was convicted of three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey.
Senior British and Iraqi security officials believe his scam allowed suicide bombers to kill and maim thousands.
On one occasion terrorists drove a vehicle laden with rockets and missiles through 23 checkpoints in Baghdad where the device was used

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PostSubject: Re: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:31 pm

Dailymail.uk

British government helped £50million fraudster market fake bomb detectors based on novelty golf ball finders to UN agencies
James McCormick, 57, sold 'ineffectual' devices for up to £27,000 each
Majority were sold to Iraq, where they are still in use today
Attended UK Trade & Investment seminar on 'how to sell to the UN'
Gadgets are essentially hand-held aerials fixed to plastic hinges

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PostSubject: Re: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:38 pm

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PostSubject: Re: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:12 pm

Was just wondering, why didn't the purchasing organisations at the very least conduct field trials on such critical equipment before signing off on the purchases?
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PostSubject: Re: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:37 pm

kamen wrote:
Was just wondering, why didn't the purchasing organisations at the very least conduct field trials on such critical equipment before signing off on the purchases?


Did NParks try 5 different foldies before paying $2,200 for each Brompton ? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: James McCormick made £50million from Golf Ball Finders   Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:45 pm

chien wrote:
kamen wrote:
Was just wondering, why didn't the purchasing organisations at the very least conduct field trials on such critical equipment before signing off on the purchases?


Did NParks try 5 different foldies before paying $2,200 for each Brompton ? Laughing


That's true... silent
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