A man stands outside a court. He is about to stand trial. He appears to be turning to say goodbye to his friends, hugging one of them. He knows he is going to jail.
A businessman selling fake bomb detectors all over the world at US $15,677 (£10,000 GBP) a-piece, was jailed for 7 years, in was reported today.
Gary Bolton, 47, created the fake devices, through his company, Global Technical Ltd, claiming that the bomb detector was also programmed to detect drugs, cash, ivory and tobacco, all from a distance of at least 4 kilometers.
It was established at the hearing that the businessman’s company had a continual annual turnover of US $4.7m (£3m GBP) selling the devices that Judge Richard Hone QC had pronounced as “useless” and “dross”. The Judge went on to say that Bolton had singlehandedly injured the standing of British commerce overseas.
Bolton’s company had already sold his devices to over a dozen countries, including Thailand and Mexico.
A defense expert from Britain’s Home Office had tested Bolton’s GT200 bomb detecting device in 2010 and declared that it had “no credibility as an explosive detector” because it simply had no logical working components.
Another buyer had X-rayed his purchase, finding an empty box, the court heard. The device crudely comprised of a black plastic box that contained a protruding telescopic aerial.
The device was sold to multiple clients internationally, particularly to the armed forces, whilst Bolton continued to reap the profits.
Judge Hone addressed Bolton, saying, “You were determined to bolster the illusion that the devices worked and you knew there was a spurious science to produce that end.” He went on, “They had a random detection rate. They were useless.”
The Judge continued along more sobering lines:
Soldiers, police officers, customs officers and many others put their trust in a device which worked no better than random chance.
Hone, QC added, “The jury found you knew this but you carried on. Your profits were enormous.”
Bolton was found guilty of fraud and also for supplying an item for use in the course of deception during the period between January of 2007 and July of last year.
Another fraudster who had worked with Bolton on the creation of another fake bomb detecting device was also jailed in a separate case.
James McCormick, 57, was charged and received ten years for trading over 7,000 fake bomb detectors.
Written by: Brucella Newman