The trader, 59-year-old Joe Lewis, falsely claimed that the money was in the investors’ accounts. The list of his clients included professional footballers and golfers, the newspaper said.
In recent emails sent to his clients who were becoming concerned about their investments, Lewis reportedly said that his company, JL Trading, was having a “stressful time” releasing the money to the clients due to US red tape.
However, in a more recent email, Lewis admitted his company had stopped operating in 2009 after suffering heavy losses in foreign exchange deals.
According to The Telegraph, certain individual clients of Lewis have invested over 3 million pounds (almost $4.7 million).
One of the fraud's victims, an investment broker, filed a court case calling for Lewis’ assets to be frozen worldwide, as well as urging other investors to take joint action.
Police are currently investigating Lewis, who was unavailable for comments and was not responding to emails and phone calls, the newspaper said.