Anthony Koletti says there is long list of suspects who may have killed his wifeMelissa Caddick vanished as the net closed in on her $30million financial fraudShe ripped off the life-savings of family and friends and then disappearedHer rotting foot washed ashore but husband does not believe she killed herself
Missing conwoman Melissa Caddick’s husband has used an awkward turn of phrase to describe how she felt when investigators raided her mansion.
Anthony Koletti, 39, said his wife ‘didn’t have a foot to stand on’ after Australian Securities and Investments Commission agents seized all her files.
Ms Caddick was presumed to be fleeing a fraud investigation until her rotting foot washed up on a beach, changing her status to presumed dead.
The unemployed hairdresser made his slip of the tongue during a bombshell interview on Seven News Spotlight on Sunday.
He showed the TV cameras around his wife’s office where the raid took place, still with an immaculate filing system including a draw marked ‘Melissa to do’.
‘ASIC took all the files, all the receipts, everything like that… so really I feel like she had no foot to stand on,’ he said.
Anthony Koletti (pictured with Caddick) has dismissed the suicide theory, despite ASIC’s net closing in on his wife and her criminal operation
Mr Koletti denied she rorted her clients and ripped off their friends and family, despite overwhelming evidence.
He insists his wife is not a ‘cold-hearted fraudster’ but instead a victim of a rouge investigation by Australia’s financial watchdog.
The rollerblading hairdresser claimed Caddick was likely murdered by an angry investor.
But he paid all blame at the feet of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for raiding her home the night before she vanished on November 12.
Mr Koletti claimed the fraud investigation either enraged an investor who wrongly believed she swindled their money, or made her so distraught she took her own life.
Following the dramatic police raid and a subsequent 14-hour search at their multi-million home, the two laid in bed together exhausted and confused.
‘She went straight to sleep but I was up until 4am,’ he said.
‘I just held her. I just felt I had to console her so we just cuddled and spooned.
‘I said goodnight I love you.’
The husband of multi-millionaire conwoman Melissa Caddick has denied she rorted her clients and ripped on their friends and family, despite the overwhelming evidence
Mr Koletti insisted his wife couldn’t be guilty because she had ‘no reason to steal’ as she already ‘had everything she wanted’.
He said ASIC also took many of Caddick’s most valuable possessions, some of sentimental value an including necklaces worth $500,000, to put pressure on her.
Caddick, 49, stole millions from the life savings of family and friends in a brazen Ponzi scheme, taking the funds and spending it on herself instead of investing it for them as she promised.
As an ASIC investigation closed in on her $30 million scam, she left her luxury home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for a dawn run on November 12 last year and then vanished.
Her disappearance sparked a massive manhunt until her rotting foot drifted ashore in February on Bournda Beach, 400km south of Sydney, and she was declared dead.
As an ASIC investigation closed in on her $30million scam, Caddick left her luxury $6.2million Dover Heights home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (pictured) for a dawn run and vanished
But mystery still surrounds her final movements and her fate.
Some have put forward wild theories she may have had her foot amputated to fake her own death before fleeing overseas.
Others debated whether she committed suicide or was killed.
Although ASIC investigators found a litany of evidence against Caddick including false documentation, Mr Koletti said: ‘I don’t believe a word that any of them say’.
‘You could think that but I don’t see my self as a victim of Melissa Caddick I see myself as a survivor of ASIC,’ he said.
‘Even if she was as guilty as hell, she didn’t deserve to die. The way they interrogated her was inhuman.
‘Whether she committed suicide, whether she was murdered. She died because of their raid.’
Mr Koletti claimed he never asked his wife any questions about why police came to the their house – a point veteran reporter Michael Usher found bizarre.
‘It’s hard to believe that doesn’t make sense to me. Don’t you say to her what the hell just happened?’ he said.
‘I suggest to you a scenario where Melissa chose you wisely because you weren’t going to ask questions.’
Mr Koletti replied: ‘Well, we’ll never know the answer to that’.
While the leading theory of investigators is that Caddick ended her own life as ASIC’s net closed in on her and her criminal operation, Mr Koletti dismissed the suicide theory and said murder is ‘most likely’.
‘I don’t believe she committed suicide. Her love for her son, myself, her family and friends was far beyond that,’ he told the program.
7News interviewer Michael Usher has cast doubt on the account of Caddick’s final hours by Anthony Kolleti (pictured) who says he had no idea about what happened to the clients’ money
Mr Koletti insists Melissa Caddick (pictured) loved her family too much to commit suicide
Caddick’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt until her rotting foot (pictured) drifted ashore in February on Bournda Beach, 400km south of Sydney, and she was declared dead
When asked if he thought Melissa could have been murdered Mr Koletti replied: ‘It wouldn’t be impossible.’
‘My suspect list is long.’
He suggested it could be angry clients, among ‘many others’.
‘If police came to me and said “Melissa was murdered” I’d be like, yeah, it makes sense,’ Mr Koletti said.
Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Koletti was to be paid $50,000 for the TV special. He is still living in their $6.2 million Dover Heights home, where most of the interview was filmed.
Caddick’s ‘penniless’ husband was slammed for doing the TV special by one of his wife’s victims who said he is only motivated by money.
The former friend of the couple, who lost tens of thousands in Caddick’s bogus investment business, told Daily Mail Australia that just like his wife, Mr Koletti is largely motivated by money.
‘I know them very well and they’re the same,’ the man, who did not want to be identified, revealed.
‘He would have done it (the television interview) to get the money.’
Caddick’s ‘penniless’ husband (pictured together) has been slammed for doing the TV special by one of his wife’s victims who said he is only motivated by money
Anthony Koletti is set to break his silence about the disappearance of his wife, saying ‘someone got greedy and wanted her dead
Mr Koletti, a former DJ, has largely remained silent during investigations into his wife’s dodgy dealings, but in the interview proclaimed: ‘I can’t keep silent any longer. It’s time for the truth to come out.’
There is no suggestion that Mr Koletti had any involvement in Caddick’s fraudulent conduct, or in her disappearance from their home.
The victim also claimed Mr Koletti – who told a court in December he had just $1.95 left in his bank account – was keen to get his hands on Caddick’s $120-a-month life insurance policy, which she took out prior to her disappearance.
Despite the millions of dollars owed to about 72 of Caddick’s clients, Mr Koletti – who was stripped of his $1,700 allowance earlier this year – is still living in luxury in his late wife’s mansion, which boasts breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
Although ASIC investigators found a litany of evidence against Caddick including false documentation, Mr Koletti said ‘I don’t believe a word that any of them say’
Anthony Koletti, husband of millionaire fraudster Melissa Caddick (pictured together), still lives in the $6.2million home they shared before she vanished
Receivers want to sell Caddick’s properties off in a bid to pay her victims back, 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.
Caddick was declared dead by police when her severed foot was found on a beach, but the rest of her body has never been found and her death has not been officially confirmed.
It’s understood Mr Koletti signed an exclusivity agreement with the network ahead of the interview, but he refused to comment on Thursday when approached by Daily Mail Australia outside of his regular takeaway coffee spot, Heart Cafe in Bondi.
Mr Koletti was repeatedly asked about what ‘truth’ is going to come out in the interview, and if he was paid to do it.
Stay-at-home husband Anthony Koletti (pictured with his sports car) enjoyed the life of a multi-millionaire, thanks to his wife Melissa Caddick
The Dover Heights home (pictured) is worth $6.2million, and was raided by Federal Police in November last year
But the former stay-at-home husband kept his mouth shut and slammed his car door in frustration, despite talking to the detectives earlier.
The encounter with the officers appears to have been coincidental, but it is understood the detectives were known to Mr Koletti and involved in the investigation into his wife’s disappearance.
Caddick’s crimes include a detailed Ponzi scheme involving 60 friends and family, totalling $30million – only $7million 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.
Anthony Koletti promises to reveal the true story of what happened to his missing wife, fraudster Melissa Caddick
Anthony Koletti seen in Bondi days before a blockbuster TV interview is set to air
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.
The company 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.