Usain Bolt, the Jamaican Olympic sprinting champion, lost $12 million in his account with Stocks and Security Limited to hackers on Thursday.
Lawyers for the track star said they are prepared to file a lawsuit if it means recovering the money that mysteriously vanished from Bolt’s account.
“The account was part of Bolt’s retirement and lifelong savings,” according to a statement from Bolt’s lawyers.
“It’s upsetting news for anyone, but especially for Mr Bolt, who set up this account as part of his private pension,” Gordon said on Wednesday.
“We will be going to court with the matter” if the company does not return the funds,” his lawyer, Linton P. Gordon, told Fortune magazine over the phone.
“It is a grave disappointment, and we are hoping that the matter will be resolved in a way that Mr Bolt will recover his money and be able to live in peace,” he added.
Reacting to the development, Stocks and Securities Ltd said in a statement on January 12 that it learned of the fraudulent activity by a former employee and had alerted law enforcement to the situation.
It also said that it had taken measures to secure customers’ assets and tighten protocols.
A separate statement released on Monday by the Jamaica Constabulary Force said the “alleged fraudulent activities at SSL that are said to have affected the accounts of Mr Usain Bolt and other individuals” are being looked into by those teams.
Meanwhile, On Tuesday night, Jamaica’s Finance Minister Nigel Clarke claimed that SSL had committed “alarming and evil fraud” and promised to “bring all perpetrators to justice.”
The Associated Press reported that Mr Bolt’s account with the company was created to act as a pension for both of his parents and the eight-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter.
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