Thursday, 12 July 2012


First, McCormick arrested and charged. Appeared in Court this morning, NO BAIL, remanded to prison, I bet the room service is not what he is used to!

On an even better note, if possible, Gary Bolton has been arrested and charged, see the info from the City of London Police website, reprinted below:

"Five charged by Overseas Anti Corruption Unit (OACU)

On 11 July detectives from the force's Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit (OACU) charged Joan Tree, 60, and Sam Tree, 65, from Bedfordshire, Anthony Williamson, 57, from Hampshire, Gary Bolton, 46, from Kent and Simon Sherrard, 49, from North West London with various Fraud Act offences. All the accused were released on bail and are due to appear at City of London Magistrates on 18 July.

The charges, following consultation with and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, relate to a long term parallel investigation with Avon and Somerset Constabulary regarding the manufacture, promotion and sale of a range of fraudulent substance detector devices to foreign jurisdictions between 15 January 2007 and 12 July 2012.

The details of the charges are:

Gary Bolton faces two counts contrary to sections 2 and 7 of the Fraud Act 2006, relating to a device called ‘GT200’, which it is alleged was dishonestly represented as capable of detecting explosives.

Samuel Tree, Joan Tree, and Simon Sherrard have each been 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.

Simon Sherrard faces an additional count contrary to Section 6 of the Fraud Act 2006 for possession of an Alpha 6 substance detection device for use in a fraud.

On July 11 Avon and Somerset Constabulary charged James McCormick 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’. He appears before City of London Magistrates on July 12."

This is going to be one hell of a story as it unfolds in court. Due to the law in the UK we are now limited as to what we can say about the case so that it does not prejudice the case against the defendants, we can repeat what is given in evidence and will attempt to give a blow by blow account as it happens.

Don't suppose we will see, Stelian Ilie or General Giorgio coming over to give evidence in support of their former business partner?

Finally, I more than most have been critical of the police efforts over the years in relation to these cases, I would just like to say here and now, a bloody well done to all the cops involved in bringing this about.



Anonymous said...

What a fantastic result, A big big big well done to yourself and peter and all of the other campaigners who have worked so hard on bringing these murderous fraudsters to hopefully....JUSTICE

Peter said...

I do not wish to be churlish here. We must all be delighted that charges have been brought against the main perpetrators of the detector fraud in the U.K. at last.

I appreciate your well done to the police comment. This does not excuse them for mistakes they have made previously in this investigation!

And some of us know that were it not for you, Techo, we would never, ever have seen this day! And don't anyone forget that!

Anonymous said...

Without jumping the gun...optimistically if these guys are found guilty what sort of sentences could they expect to receive?

Techowiz said...

The sentence will rely on a number of factors,such as;
Guilty plea
Money involved
consideration will be given if lives have been lost.

I would guess for a guilty plea possible about 3 -4 years.

Not guilty plea and trial,
6 - 8 years.
In both cases I would also expect to see all their assets seized under. The Proceeds of Crime Act.
Thank you for your comemnt.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your reply techo, i was present at london magistrates all pleaded not guilty except gary bolton who's legal team wanted sight of the prosecution file..typical of him!

What a sad bunch, so much blood spilt between them.

Our day will come, I would like to thank you personally for your commitment and campaigning to date you have been an inspiration in the fight for what is for some belated justice.

A friend.

wlmb said...

I think you and your readers might be interested in knowing that in in Aug. 29 the Supreme Court of Justice in México has decided to review one of the many criminal cases involving the GT200. An ordinary judge disregarded a case stating there is no evidence about the effectivity of the GT200, the Attorney General appealed that decission and the Supreme Court decided to step in. Their decision will be far reaching, and hopefully, they will procure enough objective information to make the correct decision.The GT200 is still being used in militar checknts all around México.