Lawyers for Usain Bolt, one of the best athletes of all time, announced today that more than $12.7 million is missing from their client’s account with a private investment firm that is under investigation by authorities in Jamaica.

Attorney Linton P. Gordon provided The Associated Press with a copy of a letter sent to Stocks & Securities Limited demanding the money be returned.

Gordon said that there was $12.8 million in Bolt’s account, and now he only has $12,000 in the balance.

“If this is true, and we hope it is not, then a serious act of theft and fraud has been committed against our client,” Bolt’s lawyers said in the letter and threatened civil and criminal charges if the money is not returned within ten days.

Stocks & Securities Limited did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On its website, the company asked customers to refer all urgent inquiries to the Financial Services Commission of Jamaica, which is investigating the firm.

“We understand that customers want more information and we assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation throughout the necessary steps and will notify our customers of a solution as soon as that information is available,” the company said.

The company said it had already discovered the fraud this month and that several of its customers may be missing millions of dollars.

Jamaica’s finance minister, Nigel Clarke, commented that “this unusual situation is disturbing” and that “our financial institutions should not be doubted… because of a few unscrupulous individuals”.

Bolt’s lawyers sent the letter on Monday, as the Financial Services Commission of Jamaica announced it had appointed a special auditor to look into allegations of fraud at the company in the capital, Kingston.

On Tuesday, financial authorities said they were taking over interim management of the private investment company, which has been allowed to continue operating but subject to government approval for all transactions. Bolt, who retired in 2017, holds the world records in the 100m and 200m and in the 4x100m relay. .

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