This is absolutely disgusting. Guy has only received a 3 year jail sentence, he should have been given life, his wife given 300hrs community service.
A man who claimed plastic devices he made in his garden shed could detect bombs and find missing Madeleine McCann has been jailed.
Samuel Tree, 68, was sentenced to three and a half years while his wife Joan, 62, received 300 hours community work.
Their plastic Alpha 6 cost just a few pounds but sold for thousands.
The couple are the last of a group of fraudsters - who marketed their devices to governments and conflict zones around the world - to be jailed.
The Trees were found guilty at the Old Bailey in August of making an article for use in a fraud between January 2007 and July 2012.
Sentencing them at London’s Kingston Crown Court on Friday, judge Richard Marks QC described the scam as “a bizarre and fantastic proposition as to be almost akin to something out of Alice in Wonderland”.
Police said they were driven by “personal greed” and were part of a criminal network worth £80m.
A Somerset-based businessman has been convicted of three counts of fraud over the sale of bogus bomb detectors after his operation was exposed in a BBC Newsnight investigation in 2010.
This was a scam of global dimensions. James McCormick marketed his fake bomb detectors around the world, selling them in Georgia, Romania, Niger, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and beyond.
But his main market was Iraq, where lives depended on bomb detection and where the bogus devices were, and still are, used at virtually every checkpoint in the capital.
Between 2008 and 2009 alone, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in explosions in Baghdad. Thousands more were injured, including 21-year-old Haneen Alwan, who was two months pregnant and had gone out to buy ice cream when she was caught in a bomb in January 2009.
“My life was completely destroyed, everything gone in an instant,” she said. “I lost the baby and my husband divorced me.”
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The actual device contained NO COMPONENTS!!