A victim of serial conwoman Melissa Caddick has criticized her “destitute” husband for allegedly accepting $50,000 for a television interview, saying he is motivated by money.
Anthony Koletti, 39, was paid the substantial amount for an all-encompassing special on Channel Seven’s Spotlight program to talk about what he believes happened to his financial advisor wife who got out of their $6.2 million Dover in November. Heights mansion disappeared.
Caddick, 49, was wanted by police after she left town with $30 million worth of life-saving supplies from her clients, until she was pronounced dead when her rotting foot drifted ashore. Bournda Beach in February – 400km south of her home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Mr. Koletti, a former DJ, has remained largely silent while investigating his wife’s dodgy dealings, but in a promo clip for the interview, he boldly declares, “I can’t keep silent any longer. It’s time for the truth to come out.”
The show airs Sunday night on the Seven network.
There is no suggestion that Mr. Koletti had any involvement in Caddick’s fraudulent conduct, or in her disappearance.
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But a former friend of the couple, who was hounded by Caddick’s bogus investment activities, told Daily Mail Australia, while it’s likely Koletti has information to divulge about the program, it’s also likely that he was largely motivated by money.
“I know them very well and they are the same,” revealed the man, who did not want to be identified.
“He would have done it (the television interview) to get the money.”
The victim also claimed that Mr. Koletti – who told court in December that he only had $1.95 in his bank account – was keen to get hold of Caddick’s $120 a month life insurance policy, which she had taken out before her disappearance.
In a preview of the interview, the former hairdresser said: ‘People don’t just disappear. I don’t think it was an accident at all.’
“Somebody got greedy and wanted her dead.”
Anthony Koletti, husband of millionaire fraudster Melissa Caddick (pictured together), still lives in the $6.2 million house they shared before she disappeared
Despite the millions of dollars owed to about 72 of Caddick’s clients, Mr. Koletti — who lost his $1,700 allowance earlier this year — still lives in luxury at his late wife’s mansion, with breathtaking views of the harbor. from Sydney.
The trustees want to sell Caddick’s properties in an effort to repay her victims, but the Federal Court heard arguments earlier this year that her assets should not be sold by the trustees until her death is confirmed by the Coroner.
Caddick was pronounced dead by police when her severed foot was found on a beach, but the rest of her body was never found and her death has not been officially confirmed.
It is understood that Mr Koletti signed an exclusivity agreement with the network prior to the interview, but he declined to comment on Thursday when approached by Daily Mail Australia outside its regular takeaway restaurant, Heart Cafe in Bondi.
Mr. Koletti was repeatedly asked what ‘truth’ would emerge in the interview, and whether he was being paid for it.
Stay-at-home husband Anthony Koletti (pictured with his sports car) enjoyed the life of a multimillionaire thanks to his wife Melissa Caddick
The home in Dover Heights (pictured) is worth $6.2 million and was raided by federal police last November
But the former stay-at-home husband kept his mouth shut and slammed his car door in frustration, despite having spoken to the detectives before.
The meeting with the officers seems to have been coincidental, but it is clear that the detectives were known to Koletti and were involved in the investigation of his wife’s disappearance.
Caddick’s crimes included a detailed Ponzi scheme involving 60 friends and family, totaling $30 million – of which only $7 million was ever repaid. The rest of the money disappeared.
Beginning in 2012, after she founded her finance company Maliver, it was common for her to tell interested clients who approached her that she was “too busy” to help them — and later tell them they were lucky and somehow found time for their business.
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Anthony Koletti seen in Bondi days before a blockbuster TV interview airs
The brochure she handed out for Maliver lied about her credentials, as she was not a certified financial planner and had no masters of business.
The company was operating under someone else’s Australian Financial Services license. Once she had their money, she created a fake CommSec stock trading account for each client.
Where necessary, she not only forged signatures of clients, but also those of the nearest justice of the peace – her father-in-law Rodo Koletti.
She emailed clients a fake monthly report with astonishing returns of up to 30 percent, which convinced them to invest more with her and get her more word of mouth.