James McCormick gets further sentence for not paying his confiscation order

James McCormick gets further sentence for not paying his confiscation order


Way back in 2013 we looked at the case of James McCormick who was jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors. We said : “Thereafter we envisage that the police will pursue McCormick’s wealth under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in order to prevent him benefiting financially from his crime.  McCormick now faces loss of his several properties, including that previously belonging to Nicholas Cage

That was what happened – Mr McCormick was made subject to a whopping £7,944,834 Confiscation Order which “included £4m from the sale of a house in The Circus in Bath; an £88,000 parking spot; a luxury villa in Limassol, Cyprus; a £345,000 Sunseeker motorcruiser as well as a family home in Somerset.

To date this has not been paid in full, there is a shortfall of £1.8 million. Mr McCormick is still serving his original sentence, but is to be released very shortly.

On 26th April 2018, it was reported that Mr McCormick was back in Court having refused to make up the shortfall, as a result of which he was ordered to serve a further 842 days (almost 2 years and 4 months) in default.

Confiscation is a complicated and lengthy subject and we have always said that we would tackle it at some point. That day however, is not today. We may wait for a leap year …



  1. While he is in prison, who does the confiscation ? I assume its someone (solicitor, accountancy firm etc ?) appointed by the court to do this. If so, how can you blame the prisoner if its not completed to the satisfaction of the court ? Its not like he can make all the arrangements from behind bars.

  2. Confiscation might well be complex – that’s precisely why it would be really interesting if you could discuss the main points of the process for the layman…

    It seems to have been reasonably successful in this case though – they’ve managed to get over six million out of him so far…

  3. Captain, the receiver appointed by the court can send him whatever documents need signing in prison. The prison authorities will allow him to sign and return them. They even provide a reply-paid envelope.