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The maker of a bomb detector used in Iraq & Afghanistan has been arrested after it turns out that the bomb detector doesn't work, it's electronics are shop anti-theft circuit boards but $85 million has been spent on them...
The maker of a bomb detector used in Iraq & Afghanistan has been arrested after it turns out that the bomb detector doesn't work
A Somerset-based businessman has been convicted of three counts of fraud
over the sale of bogus bomb detectors after his operation was exposed
in a BBC Newsnight investigation in 2010.
This was a scam of global dimensions.
James McCormick marketed his fake bomb detectors around the world,
selling them in Georgia, Romania, Niger, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and beyond.
But his main market was Iraq, where lives depended on bomb detection
and where the bogus devices were, and still are,
used at virtually every checkpoint in the capital.
Between 2008 and 2009 alone, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in explosions in Baghdad.
Thousands more were injured, including 21-year-old Haneen Alwan,
who was two months pregnant and had gone out to buy ice cream when she was caught in a bomb in January 2009.