Fake Port Bomb Detector CEO In Fraud Arrest

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Jul 122012

Scientists and senators discuss the GT200 in Mexico

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.

For further background:

Ouji Board Wands Still Used By Pemex/Mexican Navy Against Terrorists

Beware These Bunkum Bomb Detectors

Bogus Bomb Detector Update: BBC Reveals Royal Engineer Role

Beware Fake Bomb Detectors

See Also:

‘Bomb detector’ maker Jim McCormick faces fraud charges

Five more charged over ‘bogus’ bomb detectors

Free Bogus Security Kit Briefing Paper For SSOs

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Feb 182011

ADE 651, one of several explosives/drugs/stowaway detectors that are not fit for purpose

Following the arrest of Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, commander of the bomb squad in Iraq, on corruption charges related to the controversial ADE-651 explosives detector Maritime Accident Casebook has developed and issued a briefing paper for Ship Security Officers and others with a security remit. The ADE651 and similar devices are widely used in South and South East Asia, China and Belgium and present a risk to seafarers, their ships and cargo.

Although the UK government has banned exports of the ADE651 and similar devices to Iraq and Afghanistan exports to other countries are permitted. Mexico’s Pemex has bought several of the devices for use in defending its facilities and China and Belgium reportedly use the devices in ports. Continue reading »

Bogus Bomb Detectors – Important Arrest In Iraq

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Feb 172011

Arrested: Jihad-Al-Jabr knew more about bombs than anyone else in the world, he claimed.

At last a victory for the good guys. Now we need to make sure they\’re taken out of ports in south and south east Asia.

Iraq police official charged in bomb device scandal
Reuters Africa
The government began investigations after reports the ADE651 bomb detection devices purchased from a British-based company were practically useless. “Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, the commander of the bomb squad, was arrested five days ago,” a senior

Bogus Bomb Detector Update: BBC Reveals Royal Engineer Role

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Jan 292011

"this equipment does not detect explosives" say experts

MAC’s flabber is rarely gasted but the latest edition of the BBC’s Newnight programme got close to doing that. Not only is the UK government still permitting the export of fraudulent, non-functioning explosives and drugs detectors which are promoted for use in ports but lent the name of the Royal Engineers to sell them.

Upfront, here’s how to detect a fraudulent bomb detector: it will have a telescopic radio aerial on a swivel.

If you see something answering that description in your travels alert MAC.

Hundreds of people in Iraq and several in Thailand are believed to have been killed because the devices cannot detect explosives.

The devices cost £11 to make, around $15 and then they are sold for £15,000 each, about $21,000.

The retired Colonel who sells them admits he wouldn’t use them in a life or death situation, perhaps not quite understanding what a bomb detector is actually supposed to do.

The British government has refused to ban the export of the devices except to Iraq and Afghanistan because of competition in the fraud industry from other countries.

Here’s a press release from the BBC about the latest Newsnight programme: Continue reading »