Fake bomb detectors are reportedly still being used in Iraq, months after a British conman was jailed for selling them.
James McCormick was told by Judge Richard Hone that he had blood on his hands as he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the ruse.
The former policeman, of Langport, Somerset, who was found guilty of three fraud offences at the Old Bailey, is thought to have made £50m from selling three models based on a novelty £13 golf ball finder, to Iraq and other countries.
The fake detectors were still being used at checkpoints in Iraq as recently as two days ago, when a wave of car bombs struck Baghdad, killing 55 people, the Independent reported.
The paper said more than 4,500 people had been killed in Iraq since McCormick’s conviction in April.
The Iraqi government had promised the devices would be phased out and replaced by sniffer dogs, but only two provinces in the south of the country have so far installed canine units, the newspaper reported.