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Fake GT200 bomb detector: Jail for UK businessman

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GT200, a plastic box worth 5 pounds, sold for up to 15,000 pounds by UK conman who gets jail for 7 years. 

Photo from 2010 shows Thai soldier using GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand's far south. A British businessman who sold fake bomb detectors worldwide was jailed for seven years on Tuesday, with his judge branding the devices "useless". (AFP/File)


Businessman jailed for fake bomb detectors


August 21, 2013

LONDON (AFP) - A British conman who sold fake bomb detectors worldwide was jailed for seven years on Tuesday, with his judge branding the devices "useless".

The GT200s were home-made plastic boxes with handles and antennae -- but Gary Bolton claimed they could detect explosives, narcotics, tobacco, ivory and even cash.

Around 1,200 devices were sold to Mexico, and also sold to parts of Asia and the Middle East. The devices are still being used in Thailand, the court was told.

Bolton, 47, was convicted by a jury last month.

Sentencing him, judge Richard Hone said Bolton had claimed the "little plastic box" was a working piece of equipment, and that he continued to "peddle" the GT200 to scores of international clients -- including for use by armed forces.

The boxes cost less than £5 to make.

However, they were sold for between £2,500 and £10,000 in bulk or up to £15,000 if bought individually...

The court heard Bolton's company, Global Technology, had a turnover of almost £3 million, with up to 5,000 devices made.

"You have damaged the reputation of British trade abroad," said Hone.

"You gave spurious credibility to this product. You're a fraudulent person. You have no remorse."...

...Bolton claimed the GT200 worked with a range of 700 metres (2,295 feet) at ground level and as far as four kilometres (2.5 miles) in the air.

However, a defence expert from Britain's Home Office interior ministry said it had "no credibility as an explosive detector" .


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abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ

antenna: (plural antennae) a piece of equipment made of wire or long straight pieces of metal for receiving or sending radio and television signals - สายอากาศ, เสาอากาศ

branded: described as - เรียกว่าเป็น

cash: money in the form of notes or coins - เงินสด

claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

conman: a confidence man , a swindler; a person who lies to people and tricks them to get money - คนโกงที่หลอกให้เหยื่อไว้วางใจก่อน

convict: to prove in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime - พิสูจน์ว่าผิดกฎหมาย

court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล

credibility: the degree to which something can be believed or trusted - ความน่าเชื่อถือ,ความน่าไว้วางใจ

damage: to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย

defence: protecting somebody/something from damage, attack, etc. - การป้องกัน, การต้าน, การพิทักษ์

detect: to notice, to discover or find out - พบได้, สังเกต

detector: a device used to find particular substances or things, or measure their level - เครื่องตรวจจับ

device: a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

equipment: the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity - อุปกรณ์, เครื่องมือ

expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ

explosives: substances or pieces of equipment that can cause explosions - สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้

fake: made to look like something real in order to trick people - ที่ทำปลอม

fraudulent: made with the intention of tricking someone, especially illegally - การฉ้อโกง

ground: the surface of the earth - ผิวดิน, ผิวโลก, พื้นดิน, พื้น

handle: the part of an object, such as a cup, a bag, or a tool that you use to hold it, or carry it; the part of a door, drawer, window, etc. that you use to open it - ที่จับ, ที่ถือ

individual: relating to or involving a single, separate person or thing - แต่ละบุคคล

ivory: the yellowish-white bone that an elephant’s tusks are made of - ทนต์

judge: someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law - ตุลาการ, ผู้พิพากษา

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 - คณะลูกขุน

narcotics: illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine - ยาเสพย์ติด

range: to have an upper and a lower limit in amount, number, etc - ผันแปรภายในขอบเขตหนึ่ง

remorse: the feeling of being extremely sorry for something wrong or bad that you have done - การสำนึกผิด, ความเสียใจ

reputation: the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is - ชื่อเสียง

sentence : (of a court of law) to give a punishment - ลงโทษ

tobacco: - ยาสูบ, a substance that people smoke in cigarettes, pipes etc

trade: the buying and selling of goods and services - การค้าขาย

turnover: the total value of goods and services sold by a company during a period of time - จำนวนซื้อขาย

working: when a machine operates correctly and does the job it was made to do -

worldwide: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

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