All Balls, No Brains: British Businessman Charged With Selling Useless Golf Ball Detectors As Bomb Detectors

white-golf-ballBritish businessman Jim McCormick is accused of a dangerous and despicable con. He is charged with making slight modification to cheap golf ball detectors and then selling them as bomb detectors at a “handsome but unwarranted profit.” McCornick allegedly would charge various governments up to £27,000 for the devices that were entirely useless. The ball finders can be purchased for just $20 in the states.


McCormick distributed military style brochures for the ADE650, 651 and 101 models to be used at military bases, Customs checkpoints and nuclear sites. He allegedly claimed that they could find not just bombs, but drugs, ivory, bodies and contraband in quantities smaller than a human hair. He even claimed that they could look through walls, underwater, and even underground locations.

What makes this con particularly shocking is that he sold the devices to places like Iraq where people are getting blown up every day as a matter of course.

Experts produced by the prosecutors found that the devices “lack[] any grounding in science, nor does it work in accordance with the known laws of physics. The ADE651 is completely ineffectual as a piece of detection equipment.”

The article below details a demonstration by McCormick that is truly bizarre. He has pleaded not guilty to three charges of fraud.

Source: Mirror

22 thoughts on “All Balls, No Brains: British Businessman Charged With Selling Useless Golf Ball Detectors As Bomb Detectors

  1. This happens every day in the US. Worthless drugs, faulty defense equipment some of them billion dollar planes and NO ONE, and I mean, NO ONE ever goes to jail.

  2. Why aren’t the people who were stupid and gullible enough to spend $60k on them being charge? Or at least fire?

  3. How about as punishment they give him a bunch of his balls, some explosives hidden in various objects and let him use his balls to find the explosives before they go off? He can prove he has the balls to save his balls.

  4. If only he had sold a pint flask of “magic potion**” that the operator was required to consume prior to detecting, he would have doubled his sales and never been charged

    “magic potion**” = irish whiskey

  5. Over here this guy would be promoted to CEO in any number of large banks or Wall Street investment firms. Poor dude was simply born on the wrong side of the pond.

  6. This could have resulted in many losses of life due to reliance on the device that areas suspected of having explosives could be falsely cleared.

    quite dispicable

  7. I laughed @ your headline. “More balls than brains” was a phrase used by my old man that he passed on to me.

  8. I guess this enters the “SUCKA’S” HOF along with the $600 hammers and what $800 toilet seats ….. ??

    And whoever commented about no one going to jail was exactly correct.

    Stuff like this will STOP including all the Wall Street shenanigans when Governments prosecute the “perps” demanding back every penny of the scam plus say 50 to 100% in penalties on top of LONG jail sentences and not at some country club prison either — Bernie Madoff is actually a celeb at his site …. WRONG !!!!

    The most egregious one so far — besides letting Dick Cheney get no-bid sole source contracts for Halliburton …. Still has to be Michael Milken — the man makes over $2 BILL illegally, only gets fined $1 Bill and does three years at a ” Country Club” — and now everybody thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread because every year he gives away a few million to charity …

    Can I be a CROOK like Michael, as well, please !!!!! GIMME A BREAK — Both Milken and Madoff should be in Leavenworth — along with Cheney !!!

  9. pete,

    I find it remarkable that anyone would ruin a good walk by playing fetch without a dog and usually pay a lot of money to do it.

  10. Business as usual, with one rule, don’t get caught:One of the most important comments on deceit, I think, was made by Adam Smith. He pointed out that a major goal of business is to deceive and oppress the public.

    And one of the striking features of the modern period is the institutionalization of that process, so that we now have huge industries deceiving the public — and they’re very conscious about it, the public relations industry. Interestingly, this developed in the freest countries—in Britain and the US — roughly around time of WWI, when it was recognized that enough freedom had been won that people could no longer be controlled by force. So modes of deception and manipulation had to be developed in order to keep them under control“
    (The Deceit Business, emphasis in original). One of the largest enterprises in the nations.

    This guy is missing only one thing that the greats have: immunity (too big to jail, etc.).

  11. Business as usual, with one rule, don’t get caught:

    Noam Chomsky: One of the most important comments on deceit, I think, was made by Adam Smith. He pointed out that a major goal of business is to deceive and oppress the public.

    And one of the striking features of the modern period is the institutionalization of that process, so that we now have huge industries deceiving the public — and they’re very conscious about it, the public relations industry. Interestingly, this developed in the freest countries—in Britain and the US — roughly around time of WWI, when it was recognized that enough freedom had been won that people could no longer be controlled by force. So modes of deception and manipulation had to be developed in order to keep them under control

    (The Deceit Business, emphasis in original). One of the largest enterprises in the nations.

    This guy is missing only one thing that the greats have: immunity (too big to jail, etc.).

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