Kent man jailed for selling 'empty box' as bomb detector
Gary Bolton boasted GT200 could find bombs, cash and Tobacco - but both the claims and the device were empty
GARY BOLTON made as much as £3 million a year selling his high-tech bomb detector to police, security agencies and armed forces around the world.
There was just one catch: the £10,000 GT200 devices were simply empty boxes with handles and an antenna attached. That didn't stop Bolton telling his clients they were capable of detecting explosives, drugs, tobacco, ivory and cash.
Bolton (above), 47, was sentenced to seven years jail today after being convicted of two charges of fraud, the BBC reports. Judge Richard Hone described the detector as "useless" and "dross" and said Bolton's fraudulent activities had damaged the reputation of British business overseas.
The GT200 devices were made at Bolton's home and at the premises of his company, Global Technology Ltd, near Ashford, Kent. He sold them in more than a dozen countries, including Mexico and Thailand.
His fraud was exposed when one of the devices was X-rayed by a client and was found to have no internal components.
Judge Hone told today's sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey that Bolton was fully aware the GT200 was useless, but continued to promote and sell it.
"You were determined to bolster the illusion that the devices worked and you knew there was a spurious science to produce that end," the judge said. "They had a random detection rate. They were useless."
The jury at Bolton's trial was told that he had another fake bomb detector in his home made by British businessman James McCormick. McCormick was convicted of fraud and sentenced to ten years jail in May for selling more than 7,000 of his detectors worldwide.
Like the GT200, McCormick's ADE-651 detector sold for £10,000, despite the fact it was useless and based on a novelty golf ball finder costing £15. Disturbingly, the device is still in use at some checkpoints in Iraq. ·