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Melissa Caddick disappearance: Christian Dior join legal battle over alleged conwoman’s fortune

Fashion brand Christian Dior have stunned investigators by offering new information in the legal battle over missing conwoman Melissa Caddick’s lost fortune.

Caddick, 49, disappeared two years ago on November 12, 2020, after Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigators and federal police raided her luxury Dover Heights home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

They seized designer clothing and valuable assets during the raid as they probed allegations she had tricked investors out of $23 million.

Now the Paris-based haute couture label has contacted the Federal Court to reveal it is holding assets and cash they received from the financial advsor with expensive tastes.

Caddick vanished the morning after the ASIC raid when she apparently went out for an early morning run and was never seen again.

Three months later, in February 2021, her decomposing severed foot washed up on Bournda Beach 500km south of Sydney, and she has since been presumed dead.

This year an inquest into her disappearance was launched at the same time an ASIC-led Federal Court case against the alleged conwoman.

Christian Dior is the latest to join the legal battle over alleged conwoman Melissa Caddick’s fortune. Caddick, 49, disappeared two years ago after ASIC raided her Dover Heights home

In the raid the corporate regulator seized designer clothing and highly valuable assets as they investigated allegations she tricked investors out of $23 million

In the raid the corporate regulator seized designer clothing and highly valuable assets as they investigated allegations she tricked investors out of $23 million

On Tuesday photographs of the ASIC raid were released showing multiple Christian Dior items as well as diamond and sapphire rings.

On Friday the Federal Court heard Christian Dior was seeking leave to be involved in the case against Caddick as it was holding money and documents in her name.

The Daily Telegraph report Christian Dior wants the court to order ‘all funds held in the account held in the name of Melissa Louise Caddick’ to be deposited into an account nominated by the receivers acting in the place of Caddick in the ongoing court case.

Christian Dior’s lawyer, Masi Zaki, told the court on Friday the designer firm will hand over all records of Caddick’s money.

‘We thought that it would be in the interest of stakeholders for — not only the funds that we hold, but the records we hold — to be shared with the receivers sooner rather than later,’ he told the court.

Mr Zaki said Christian Dior makes no claims about who the funds belong to.

On Friday the Federal Court heard Christian Dior was seeking leave to be involved in the case against Caddick as it was holding money and documents in her name

On Friday the Federal Court heard Christian Dior was seeking leave to be involved in the case against Caddick as it was holding money and documents in her name

In court on Friday, Caddick's husband Anthony Koletti also asked the court to recognise him as the owner of multiple expensive items as well as the money in Caddick's superannuation trust fund

In court on Friday, Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti also asked the court to recognise him as the owner of multiple expensive items as well as the money in Caddick’s superannuation trust fund

The court will now work to determine whether the funds held by Christian Dior are Caddick’s or that of her investors.

The decision will be made later this year.

In court on Friday, Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti asked the court to recognise him as the owner of multiple expensive items as well as the money in Caddick’s superannuation trust fund.

Koletti moved to stop court-appointed receivers from selling the items at upcoming auctions in order to repay her victims.

Hundreds of photos were released on Tuesday showing what was stashed inside Caddick’s closets and drawers when Australian Federal Police and ASIC investigators raided her Dover Heights mansion in Sydney’s east in November 2020.

Photos have emerged of Melissa Caddick's treasure trove of luxury possessions found by investigators during their raid. Pictured is a Chanel jacket

Photos have emerged of Melissa Caddick’s treasure trove of luxury possessions found by investigators during their raid. Pictured is a Chanel jacket

Melissa Caddick also had a collection of designer watches from Longines, Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer and Christian Dior (pictured)

Melissa Caddick also had a collection of designer watches from Longines, Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer and Christian Dior (pictured)

Her possessions will be up for auction in the coming weeks, ranging from designer-label clothing, shoes, handbags and watches to scarves and jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Previously unseen photos taken by investigators during the raid include Chanel cardigans and ballgowns, a Christian Dior bomber jacket, a green fur coat, boxes of Louboutin shoes, drawers of Hermes and Louis Vuitton and scarves and designer perfume bottles.

Caddick’s expensive taste extended to accessories including Longines, Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer, Gucci, Christian Dior watches and several designer handbags and wallets.

It is not suggested Mr Koletti or any of Caddick’s family knew of any of her alleged scams or fraud and are not accused of any wrongdoing regarding her disappearance.

Investigators found an astonishing collection of diamond and sapphire rings (above) at her home

Investigators found an astonishing collection of diamond and sapphire rings (above) at her home

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