Missing conwoman Melissa Caddick’s ‘toyboy’ husband is still living in their $6.2million clifftop mansion because he hasn’t been ordered to sell it to help repay the $30million owed to her 72 defrauded clients.
The 49-year-old financial advisor vanished from her Dover Heights home, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, in November after pocketing millions from investors over the course of about eight years.
She was declared dead by police in March after her foot drifted ashore on Bournda Beach on the NSW south coast, but the Federal Court heard arguments earlier this year that her assets should not be sold off by receivers until her death is confirmed by the Coroner.
Receivers want to sell off Ms Caddick’s properties but until the court orders they be sold, her DJ husband Anthony Koletti – who was stripped of his $1700 weekly allowance earlier this year – is free to live the life of a multi-millionaire in a lavish home with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
Mr Koletti, 39, was effectively left destitute after his cash-cow wife’s disappearance, revealing to the court in December that he had just $1.95 left in his bank account.
Anthony Koletti, husband of millionaire fraudster Melissa Caddick (pictured together), still lives in the $6.2million home they shared before she vanished
Stay-at-home husband Anthony Koletti (pictured with his sports car) enjoyed the life of a multi-millionaire, thanks to his wife Melissa Caddick
His dire financial situation has prompted speculation that Seven News may have paid him to appear in a tell-all interview and divulge ‘the truth’ about ‘why she died’ in a special set to air on Sunday night.
‘I can’t keep silent any longer,’ he said in a preview for the show. ‘It’s time for the truth to come out.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven with questions about whether Mr Koletti was offered a financial incentive to break his silence.
The former hairdresser has remained notoriously tight-lipped about Caddick throughout the past 11 months, only speaking out once to beg her to ‘come home’ and insist he knew nothing about his wife’s business dealings.
The Dover Heights home (pictured) is worth $6.2million, and was raided by Federal Police in November last year
Anthony Koletti revealed in December he only had $1.95 in his bank account, but he is still able to enjoy life in a $62million home (pictured)
The lavish clifftop mansion boasts spectacular views of Sydney Harbour (pictured)
In February it was reported that he could be left homeless if the Australian Securities and Investments Commission was successful in its bid to liquidate her assets and recoup as much as possible for Caddick’s swindled investors.
Assets included the clifftop mansion she shared with Mr Koletti and her teenage son, and the $2.55million Edgecliff apartment she bought for her elderly parents.
But barrister Nicholas Bender, acting as contradictor, told the Federal Court that ASIC was running the investigation as though the conwoman was alive, and sought orders to prevent her property from being sold until it can be concluded that she’s dead.
Very little is known about what happened to Caddick after she left home on foot at about 5.30am on November 12 – just hours after her property was raided by Federal Police.
Rumours circulated claiming she either took her own life, crossed the border to Queensland or sought refuge overseas, until her decaying foot – wedged inside an ASIC sneaker – washed ashore on the NSW south coast earlier this year.
The pair met a decade ago when Mr Koletti was working as a hairdresser on a cruise ship
Caddick (pictured centre) was declared dead earlier this year. She is pictured with her teenage son and Mr Koletti (right)
Other remains have not been located, and she was farewelled by family at a private service in April.
In a preview for the Seven News special, Mr Koletti said: ‘Someone got greedy and wanted her dead.’
He said it was ‘beyond me’ as to how her foot could have miraculously washed up on a beach on the NSW south coast and that ‘it’s time for the truth to come out’.
Caddick’s brother also appears in the promo for the explosive interview, saying he gave his sister $2million before she vanished.
Her husband’s brother Chris Koletti claims his sister-in-law likely meticulously staged her disappearance and didn’t tell her partner Anthony because he ‘can’t keep a secret’.
Caddick’s foot was found by campers at Bournda Beach on February 21, south of Tathra on the NSW south coast, with NSW police then declaring her dead
Chris Koletti claims his sister-in-law likely meticulously staged her disappearance and didn’t tell her partner Anthony because he was ‘too dumb’ and ‘can’t keep a secret’
Ms Caddick’s disappearance was the subject of a NSW Police missing persons’ investigation until detectives found her decaying foot on a beach (pictured right, and left with Anthony)
Caddick’s crimes include a detailed Ponzi scheme involving 60 friends and family, totalling $30 million – only $7 million of which was ever repaid. The rest of the money vanished.
From 2012 onwards, after creating her finance company Maliver, it was common for her to tell interested clients who approached her that she was ‘too busy’ to help them – then later tell them they were in luck, somehow finding time for their business.
The brochure she handed out for Maliver lied about her credentials as she was not a certified financial planner and did not have a masters of business.
Federal Police officers raided Caddick’s $6.2million Dover Heights mansion on November 11 (pictured is bodycam footage of the raid)
The business operated using someone else’s Australian Financial Services Licence. Once she had their money, she created a fake CommSec share trading account for each client.
Where she needed to, she forged not only clients’ signatures but also that of the nearest available justice of the peace – her father-in-law Rodo Koletti.
She emailed clients a fake monthly report claiming stunning returns of up to 30 per cent, which convinced them to invest more with her, and to get her more word-of-mouth business.