After a two and a half year investigation by the City of London Police’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit, OACU, Gary Bolton, CEO of Global Technical, which supplied the GT200 explosives and drugs detector to ports and petrochemicals facilities in Mexico and security agencies elsewhere, has been charged under sections 2 and 7 of the Fraud Act 2006 for dishonestly representing the device as capable of detecting explosives.
The GT200 and similar device conclusively demonstrated not to work have been sold to Pemex and the Mexican Navy as well as to security forces in Pakistan, where it is used in airports, India, China, Thailand and allegedly Belgium.
MAC has produced a briefing paper for Ship Security Officers to help identify these non-working devices.
Bolton’s arrest is one of several following investigations by the City of London Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary with advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.
Others arrested include James McCormick of ATSC Ltd with three counts contrary to section 6 and three counts contrary to section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006, relating to three devices, known as ‘ADE 101’, ‘ADE 650’ and ‘ADE 651’, Samuel Tree, Joan Tree, and Simon Sherrard charged with one count contrary to Section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006, involving an ‘Alpha 6’ substance detection device. Anthony Williamson faces the same charge in relation to an ‘XK9’ device.
Most of the devices have been sold to countries where corruption is endemic and despite overwhelming evidence of their ineffectiveness as well as warning from the British government which had helped promote the devices, sales have continued.
Although the arrests in the UK may stop the fraudulent devices being exported from there, similar devices such as the HEDD1 are being sold from Germany as well as pirated copies from China and Korea.
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