A businessman in the United Kingdom on Thursday was sentenced to 10-years in prison for selling bogus bomb detectors to the governments and businesses in several nations including the Iraqi government, by a British judge who said “you have blood on your hands,” according to a U.S. security director who monitors the global protection industry.
James McCormick has made $75 million from selling bomb detectors that were useless to the military and police bomb technicians who used them, according to the prosecutors.
In late April, a jury at the Old Bailey courthouse in London convicted the 57-year-old multi-millionaire of three counts of felonious fraud.
Announcing his sentence at central criminal court on Thursday, Judge Richard Hone commented that McCormick had perpetrated a “callous confidence trick” that likely cost the lives of British military personnel in Iraq.
McCormick’s product was purchased to assist in locating improvised explosive devices (IED’s) in Iraq that were undetectable with the naked eye, said John Sullivan, a 30-year security-management veteran.
“This 10-year sentence is a slap-on-the-wrist when you consider how many men and women put their trust in these bomb-detecting devices and how many of them died or lost limbs when their detectors failed to detect,” said Sullivan.
“I am wholly satisfied that your fraudulent conduct in selling so many useless devices for simply enormous profit promoted a false sense of security and in all probability materially contributed to causing death and injury to innocent individuals,” Judge Hone told McCormick.
Judge Hone stated that the defendant displayed a “cavalier disregard of the …