Saturday, 23 January 2016


Those of you that have followed the sagas of the fake explosives detectors will recall our old friend, Major General Jabiri. The pivotal figure in the Iraqi purchases of that renowned explosives detector, the ADE651. 

Well, some time back he was convicted on charges of corruption, and it seems it has taken until now for his conviction to be confirmed. Of course we still wonder what has happened to all those others who shared in the kickbacks that Jim McCormick paid out. What about the Interior Minister at the time who would undoubtedly have been looked after? What about al Malaki, the Prime Minister at the time? Does anyone seriously think that the Interior Minister didn't have to pay upwards?

Ah well. Thanks to Joel Wing at Musings on Iraq blog we have some details on the news on Jabiri. You can find his blog here:

I hope he will be o.k. with me reproducing his post here. If not let me know and I'll just leave the link.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Iraq General Gets 4 Yrs In Prison For Buying Fake Bomb Detectors

Iraq’s purchase of several thousand fake bomb detectors has been an infamous case of
corruption within the country. The ADE 651 devices were used despite objections from 
the United States and British, and when they were proven to not work, and the manufacturer 
was imprisoned for selling the bogus detectors the Iraqi government still refused to admit 
that it was wrong. The Interior Ministry general who bought the ADEs and got a hefty sum 
in kickbacks in the process was finally convicted and his sentence recently approved.

On January 19, 2016 Iraq’s main anti-corruption agency the Integrity Commission ratified
the imprisonment of the general responsible for purchasing the ADE 651s. In June 2012, 
General Jihad al-Jabiri the former head of the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Explosives Department 
was sentenced on misdemeanor corruption charges. In January the Integrity Commission 
okayed his four years imprisonment. The Ministry’s inspector general discovered that up to 
75% of the money spent on purchasing the detectors actually went to kickbacks to 15 Iraqi officials
That was supported in the trial of the devices’ manufacturer Jim McCormick in England in 2013 
where he revealed that he paid  millions in bribes to Iraqis to finish the deal. Jabiri was arrested 
in February 2011 for buying the ADEs. That was after years of the Interior Ministry denying any 
wrong doing and protecting the general from investigations.

The ADEs were controversial from the day Iraq bought them. McCormick sold 7,000 of them
to the Interior Ministry in 2007 for $2,500-30,000 each even though they only took $50 to build. 
The devices had no working parts in them and no power source. Users were told to walk in circles 
to generate static electricity that would power them. In November 2008 a British official warned 
that the devices did not work. In 2009 the British and American forces in Iraq investigated the 651s 
and both reported that they did not operate. The next year England banned the exportation of the 
detectors. Despite all this the Iraqi government said there was no wrongdoing in their purchase and 
insisted that they were good for anti-bomb duties. That happened even after Jabiri was arrested and 
McCormick was convicted. Former Minister Nouri al-Maliki for example, said that most of the 651s 
were effective right after McCormick was found guilty. The next Premier Haidar Abadi then ordered
all of the devices removed from service, but some were still seen being used in the streets of Baghdad.

The approval of General Jabiri’s sentence might be the last note heard from Iraq on the ADE 651s.
Despite taking millions in bribes not to mention costing the lives of hundreds of people who were
killed by bombs not discovered by the detectors he only got a misdemeanor charge. This was yet 
another example of how the Iraqi government is not serious about fighting corruption. High officials 
are routinely let go for stealing and graft. Those that are found guilty are usually out of the country or
given slaps on the wrists like Jabiri. Corruption is too important to the ruling parties who use it to
maintain power via their patronage networks. That’s the reason why it continues to fester within the


Sotaliraq, “Integrity Commission approves the imprisonment of the anti-explosives director for four
years,” 1/19/16

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Or how the fake detector scam explodes into life again. What a Sharm! Or should that be SHAM?

Oh how much safer tourists in Egypt must be feeling now the news is out that a super duper 'detector' is in use at hotels to keep the bombs away! 

Some of you may remember the first appearance of the C-FAST as a 'detector' for the HIV virus. See previous blog entry here -

We here at Fake Detectors Central wonder who in Egypt is making dirty money from this emergency? Could any members of their brave armed forces be involved? Answers on a postcard to President Sisi please. 

We only hope that Dr. Essam Heggy has heard of this and will put an end to this nonsense as soon as possible, after he was instrumental in damning the C FAST when it first appeared.

Meanwhile, good luck to all those being so well protected by such a fine device! 

I regret to say that this news was published in newspapers that we do not like to link to here because they have a reputation for junk. However, if you search for C FAST and Sharm hotels no doubt you will find the story in all its glory.

Of course, if they don't find any explosives, they have definitely found some more gullible fools and some money for the immoral bastards who sell this sh1t!

We'll let you know if we hear more on this latest episode in the fake detectors saga, and await the usual excuses. Perhaps they will wheel out that oldie but goodie: It may not work but it'll deter the terrorists. Oh yeah! Like in Iraq you mean!

Thursday, 12 February 2015


It's been a while since we had any news to bring you, but hot from Germany we hear that David Vollmar of Unival has been charged with 47 (yes! forty seven) counts of fraud. This is great news. We do not have any details yet, but will bring them to you as we hear more.

In case you do not remember, Vollmar and his sidekick Frank Trier, did a deal some years ago with Yuri Markov (the Bulgarian 'inventor' of Sniffex) to market and sell Sniffex. Markov had previously fled the U.S. following charges of stock manipulation over Sniffex.

Sniffex was renamed Sniffex Plus, and then, when our campaign to expose it heated up they renamed it the HEDD1.

Anyway, as I say, we'll get back with more details when we can.

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Some of our dear readers may recall a previous post detailing the latest developments in Romania. It seems that despite the conviction of their old friend Jim McCormick on charges of fraud, Mira Telecom just cannot give up on the idea of making dirty money from fake detectors.

Having worked with McCormick on the ADE651, Mira Telecom and their tame mad Professor Apostol have gone on to develop their own variant of the fraud, the MEXD (complete with flashing lights). See previous post HERE

Now we have reports from Romania that Stelian Ilie at Mira Telecom is having some success selling this garbage to the Romanian security services. Well, if they are stupid enough, or corrupt enough to buy this garbage, let's hope that they get themselves blown up while using them. Sadly innocent people may also get blown to smithereens if they rely on this nonsense.

If anyone can let us have more information about this please feel free.

Finally, for now, a message for Stelian Ilie. One of these days your criminal activities will come back to bite you on your stupid arse. Oh, and a message for Professor Apostol. You are one dumb idiot!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Caroline Hawley Reports

Following the news about the sentencing of Samuel Tree and Joan Tree, here is a round up of the fake detectors story by Caroline Hawley at the BBC. Caroline and Meirion Jones were responsible for the original BBC Newsnight reports back in 2010 and 2011. The report highlights the ongoing use of the fake detectors in some parts of the World, as well as the fact that the U.K. Government supported export sales promotion despite warnings as early as 2001.

Also below you will see an interesting comment that was left by Anonymous after the previous post today reporting sentencing of the Trees:

Anonymous comment:

I'm fairly surprised that she didn't get a custodial sentence. After all, Joan knew as much about Sam's little/huge scam as he did. She was "tuning" the "devices" to the required frequency using sterilised scissors etc.
You're right about Sam bringing the idea to Europe although back then, nearly twenty years ago, it probably seemed like nothing more than a bit of a wheeze.
Malcolm had seen the potential to turn a novelty golf ball "finder" into something rather more lucrative and Sam had the luck/misfortune to see Roe waving his magic wand about at some police convention in the US.
Apparently Sam chuckled ruefully at this first encounter with Roe, "The Bounder."
That conversation, probably, went something like this:
Tree: That's interesting! How does it work?
Roe: At this moment, it's tuned to detect mugs.
Tree: Why's it pointing at me, then?
Roe: Only kidding. I've set the frequency to "bank notes."
Tree: Wow. That's amazing. It's pointing straight to my wallet.
Roe: It appears so, yes.
Tree: How does it REALLY work, though?
Roe: Gravity combined with a low coefficient of friction in the pivot.
Tree: Oh. How dull. I didn't really do physics at school.
Roe: That's the beauty of this device. It defies the boring laws of physics that nobody's interested in. You could make a packet.
Tree: OK, what else can it detect?
Roe: *slants wrist* WIGS. That guy over there is wearing a toupée.
Tree: So he is. Wait here, sir. I must make an international call to my imports manager, Joan, and tell her the good news.
Roe: OK. *yawns*

Thus, Keygrove Intl. comes into being.
The Trees legitimate business was flogging forensics equipment to UK police forces. Plenty of contacts there, then.
Quadro® could have been nailed as fraudsters in the US fifteen? years ago but, as we have seen, not all jurys can see through the waving arial effect.
Roe jumped bail, I believe, and slummed it with his new-found friends, The Trees, in Bedfordshire for longer than he was welcome. They helped him, financially, and he went on to other projects before dying [citation needed].



Finally we have the news that Samuel and Joan Tree have been sentenced.

Samuel Tree has been sentenced to three and a half years, and his wife Joan Tree to 300 hours Community work.

The sentence seems to be proportional to those handed out to James McCormick and Gary Bolton in terms of the value of sales made.

The details are available here:

Unfortunately the sentences do not seem to reflect the fact that Samuel Tree was responsible for introducing the fake detector scam to the U.K., but it is good to see that they have been punished for their part in this despicable trade.

This is the last of a series of trials, convictions and sentences related to the trade in fake detectors based in the U.K. There are still many questions that remain unanswered. Not least how the U.K. Government did not act sooner to put an end to the various businesses involved, despite warnings in Whitehall as early as 2001.

We will be putting together a review at some stage, which will deal with the outstanding issues, not least of which is the ongoing use of some of these useless detectors in various countries.

It is a great shame that the business partner of the Trees was found not guilty last year. Simon Sherrard of Comstrac, who was effectively the salesman for the Alpha 6 must be feeling like a very lucky man indeed!

Monday, 29 September 2014


Have just been informed that the sentencing has been put back to 3 October. Not sure why, but will post result when we find out.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Trees Sentencing

Just heard from Meirion Jones (top man BBC Producer and Reporter!) that following their guilty verdicts Samuel and Joan Tree will be sentenced on September 25th.

I hope the Judge will take into account the fact that Samuel Tree was responsible for originally introducing the Quadro Tracker into the U.K. Initially he and Malcolm Roe cooperated with Gary Bolton to produce a new version (identical) called The Mole.

When Bolton, Tree and Roe fell out Bolton re-invented the scam with the GT200. Meanwhile James McCormick spent some time helping Bolton to market Mole. They also fell out and McCormcik went on to the ADE651.

Tree went on to work on the Alpha 6 with Simon Sherrard. How he was found Not Guilty still amazes me, especially in the light of the guilty verdicts of the Trees.

So, to repeat my previous comment, Samuel Tree is at the root of all the UK variants of the fraud, and deserves a heavy sentence for that reason, even if he managed to sell fewer units than Bolton or McCormick.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Dear Anonymous

Thank you for your comment the Trees. .

Have searched for the name you mentioned but cannot find anything. Please message again with some more information about the issue you mentioned.

Thank you.


Thank you for the additional information. 

Hey Mr Sherrard, keep sweating. People like you can never relax.

Friday, 1 August 2014


Following news of the guilty verdicts on Samuel and Joan Tree (see last post), the news has emerged that Gary Bolton of GT200 infamy appealed against both his conviction and sentence.

Bolton lost challenges against his conviction and seven-year jail sentence yesterday.

Bolton was present in the dock of the court to hear Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Wilkie and Mr Justice Green reject his claims that he suffered "unfair prejudice" during his trial and that his sentence was too long.

Lord Justice Pitchford said the sentence was "appropriate" for the criminality involved in his case.