Back in April we brought you the story of James McCormick, who was found guilty in a British court of selling fake bomb detectors to several nations, including Iraq. When I was traveling in Iraq I saw his useless products, based on a novelty golf ball detector, being used at checkpoints everywhere. McCormick endangered the lives of countless people, including myself, and I'm glad to report that he's now serving ten years in jail.
Well, not totally glad. A life sentence would be far more appropriate, but corrupt businessmen so rarely end up behind bars I'll take what I can get.
Now another UK businessman has been sent to jail for peddling fake bomb detectors.
Gary Bolton, 47, of Chatham, Kent, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for selling what he claimed were sophisticated electronic devices. In fact, they were simply little plastic boxes with handles and antennae. The prosecution proved that Bolton knew they didn't work yet his company Global Technical Ltd. sold them for thousands of dollars apiece to numerous security and law enforcement agencies in half a dozen countries, including Mexico and Thailand. Bolton also claimed they could detect drugs, cash, tobacco and ivory.
It appears Bolton may have been inspired by the success of McCormick's bogus device, as one of them was found in Bolton's home.
Who's up for a good, old-fashioned tarring and feathering?