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The ADE 651 bomb detector, virtually identical to the GT-200 sold to Thai government agencies in large quantities, is useless and a British court is sending its maker and chief salesman to jail.
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If this ADE 651 bomb detector looks familiar, it should. It is virtually identical to the GT 200 and Alpha 6 bomb detectors that were sold in large quantities to Thai government agencies. AFP
Bomb detector is a fake, British court says
The ADE 651 bomb "detector" is a fake. It doesn't work.
Wikipedia has been saying this for years and now a British court agrees. As a result, the British businessman whose company sold the bogus device to governments around the world is facing jail.
James McCormick, 56, was found guilty of three counts of fraud at London’s Old Bailey court for selling completely ineffective devices based on an American novelty golf ball finder.
McCormick made an estimated £50 million (2.1 billion baht) from sales of his three models.
‘‘The devices did not work and he knew they did not work,’’ prosecutor Richard Whittam told jurors.
‘‘And despite the fact they did not work, people bought them for a handsome but unwarranted profit.’’
McCormick was bailed until his sentencing on May 2.
If the ADE 651 looks familiar, it should. It is virtually identical to the GT 200 and Alpha 6 bomb detectors that were sold in large quantities to Thai government agencies and used extensively in the troubled South.
A promotional video for the device:
Gary Bolton, the British businessman who produced and sold the devices, has also been charged by British authorities with fraud.
Here in Thailand, the National Anti-Corruption Commission last July launched an investigation into the purchase of the two devices which were procured by 11 state agencies on 13 separate occasions.
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detector – a device used to find particular substances or things, or measure their level เครื่องตรวจจับ
virtually identical – almost exactly the same เกือบเหมือนกัน, คล้ายกันมาก
quantity – a particular amount of something ปริมาณ, จำนวน
government agency – a government department that provides a particular service หน่วยงานรัฐ
fake – made to look or seem like something real to trick people ปลอม, เทียม, เก๊
wikipedia – a free internet encyclopedia (information resource) that anyone can edit วิกิพีเดีย
bogus – not real, although pretending to be real — ปลอม, เทียม
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
fraud – the crime of intentionally deceiving someone or cheating in order to gain an advantage or benefit การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย
ineffective – not working correctly or not doing what you want it to do ซึ่งใช้การไม่ได้, ซึ่งไม่ได้ผล
novelty – a small cheap object such as a toy or piece of jewellery
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
juror – a member of a jury, a group of people who have been chosen to listen to all the facts in a trial in a law court and to decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty, or whether a claim has been proved ลูกขุน (ผู้ชี้ขาดปัญหาข้อเท็จจริง)
handsome – of a large amount of something, especially money
unwarranted – not fair or necessary ไม่ถูกต้อง, ไม่ยุติธรรม
profit – money that you make from selling goods and services after all your costs have been paid กำไร
bail – to pay somebody's bail for them to a court of law, allowing them to go free until a trial ประกันตัวออกไป
sentence – (of a court of law) to give a punishment ลงโทษ
extensively – widely; covering a large area อย่างกว้างขวาง
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) – An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
procure – to buy supplies or equipment for a government department or company จัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ