New video has emerged of notorious fraudster Melissa Caddick enjoying the high life courtesy of the millions of dollars she stole from her victims.
The footage shows a beaming Caddick and husband Anthony Koletti relaxing on outdoor lounge chairs at a festival as Mr Koletti snaps a selfie.
The couple can be seen joking and laughing in footage that would no doubt infuriate those whose savings accounts she emptied in her elaborate financial advisor con.
In the footage obtained by 60 Minutes and included in a promo for its program on Sunday night, Caddick then orders drinks at the bar wearing expensive designer sunglasses and happily chats to bar staff.
But soon after, her Ponzi scheme came crashing down when her multi-million dollar Dover Heights mansion was raided by Australian Securities and Investment Commission officers on November 11, 2020.
The following day she left the house early to go for a run and was never seen again, sparking an enduring mystery.
New footage shows Melissa Caddick, Anthony Koletti and another man enjoying a festival in the lead up to the ASIC raid on her Dover Heights property
The trio joke and laugh in new footage unearthed as part of a 60 Minutes story this Sunday night
Wild theories emerged about whether the fraudster had gone into hiding or taken off overseas after amputating her own foot – which was found in an ASICS shoe washed up on a NSW south coast beach in February, 2021.
There was also speculation she could have jumped from cliffs near her Dover Heights home.
After two-and-a-half years, NSW coroner Elizabeth Ryan on Thursday announced that Caddick was dead.
Magistrate Ryan said she had accepted Caddick had died but said she wasn’t able to determine exactly when or how.
‘The conclusion I have reached is that Melissa Caddick is deceased. However for reasons which will be explained, I do not consider the evidence enables a positive finding as to how she died, or when and where this happened,’ she said.
Police had suspected Caddick had taken her own life by jumping off the cliff at Rodney Reserve, approximately 500m from her home, on the morning of November 12, 2020.
The inquest had heard from forensic psychiatrist Dr Kerri Eagle who established Ms Caddick may have had narcissistic personality disorder. She noted sufferers of this condition may be at risk of taking their own life if they suffered something that brought deep shame onto them.
Caddick can also be seen calmly chatting with bar staff at the height of her $30million Ponzi scheme con
Ms Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti (pictured together) did not report his wife missing until he contacted Rose Bay Police Station at 11.45am on November 13 – a full 30 hours after she was last seen
But Magistrate Ryan said while she accepted Caddick could have regarded suicide as ‘her only escape from the personal and professional catastrophe’, there was insufficient evidence to prove she had.
‘I do not accept that the evidence is capable of establishing suicide as the manner of Ms Caddick’s death,’ she said.
The magistrate added there were no reports of someone seeing Caddick on the cliff, or any CCTV of her being in the area.
Magistrate Ryan took several shots at Caddick’s hairdresser husband Anthony Koletti while delivering her findings on Thursday.
She explained that Mr Koletti had given numerous accounts of what happened in the days after his wife’s disappearance.
‘I have formed the opinion that it is likely that on 13 November, 2020 Mr Koletti had some awareness of Ms Caddick’s movements over the previous two days, but chose not to disclose it,’ she said.
‘I accept that Mr Koletti’s inherent unreliability imposed upon the investigating police a significant burden.’
Mr Koletti had reported his wife missing on November 13, some 30 hours after she is believed to have been last seen.
He also refused to go to the Rose Bay Police Station to make the report.
Caddick’s collection of expensive custom jewelry, artworks, property and designer clothes was used to try and repay those she schemed out of their cash
Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti is seen clashing with reporters after the findings into her whereabouts were handed down on Thursday
His delay in reporting her disappearance ‘did not make sense’ to the investigating detectives, with one describing Mr Koletti’s reluctance to go to the station as ‘extremely unusual and strange’.
Magistrate Ryan also said Mr Koletti did not provide a ‘full and frank account’ of what happened to the inquest.
Mr Koletti was described during the investigation as the ‘most unimpressive and unreliable witness’, whose lack of candour was one of the reasons it was not possible to conclude why, how or when Caddick died.
His evidence at the inquest was ‘riddled with inconsistencies’, Magistrate Ryan said.
But on Friday, a furious Mr Koletti hit back at the comments.
‘It’s disgraceful,’ Mr Koletti told Daily Mail Australia.
He had clashed with reporters outside the court complex at Lidcombe in Sydney’s west on Thursday, shoving 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort as he stormed towards his car outside.
The hairdresser’s brother-in-law, Adam Grimley, was in the driver’s seat and loudly honked his horn as Mr Koletti barged his way inside.
Mr Koletti was forced to move out of the Dover Heights mansion last year.
Caddick’s assets, including valuable artworks, property, jewelry and luxury clothing items, have been sold off by liquidators in an effort to repay the victims of her $30 million Ponzi scheme.
The sale of the mansion was settled in January for $9.8million.
Caddick’s parents are still involved in a legal battle to keep their luxury apartment which she paid for.
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