Melissa Caddick ‘absolutely’ had help if she fled Australia despite the borders being slammed shut, the police commissioner has said.
NSW Police chief Mick Fuller revealed on Monday that missing persons detectives are investigating several different scenarios in the whereabouts of the missing Dover Heights woman.
Mr Fuller confirmed Caddick, 49, may have drastically changed her appearance to disguise herself in the local community – or that she somehow fled the country.
He told Radio 2GB detectives don’t have specific leads as to who, if anyone, was assisting her.
But the veteran cop added if the suspected runaway conwoman has in fact fled overseas, she likely had help.
‘You have to safely assume if her journey was to leave Australia and go overseas – particularly with the challenge of getting out of the country without specific Border Force approval – one would think she would have to have the help of someone,’ Mr Fuller told breakfast host Ben Fordham.
Melissa Caddick vanished from her $6.2million Dover Heights property more than three months ago placing her in a rare category of missing person considered to have disappeared ‘long term’
Where is she? On left Caddick’s last official sighting, when the Federal Police and Australian Securities and Investment Commission raided her Dover Heights home on November 11
Caddick vanished more than three months ago now, placing her in the rare ‘two per center’ club of people considered long-term missing persons by police.
Left in Caddick’s wake are potentially dozens of victims of her allegedly fake financial advisory business – as well as her teenage son and elderly parents.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Monday each of them could lose their homes due to Federal court action against Caddick and her company by the corporate regulator.
It’s time to come home
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Melissa Caddick
Mr Fuller today confirmed that the Financial Crimes Squad is now working with the corporate regulator in its investigation into her alleged multi-million dollar fraud, amid recent suggestions a warrant could soon be issued for her arrest.
‘At some stage, she will realise she’s gonna have to turn herself in and face these allegations,’ Mr Fuller said. ‘I think the sooner she does that, if she’s alive, the better.
‘She’s not the first person alleged to have engaged in fraudulent activity.
‘I think for her, and her family, it’s time to come home’.
Mr Fuller’s remarks came as receivers are poised to report back to the Federal Court on Monday about Caddick and her company Maliver Pty Ltd’s remaining assets.
The receivers’ report will contain information about Caddick’s assets and and will outline the amount of investors’ funds she personally received from Maliver.
Liquidators will also report back on the likely returns due to creditors and will identify the investors who gave funds to Maliver, and to what extent.
Investors recently urged receivers to immediately sell Caddick’s two mortgaged properties: the $6.2million property where she, husband Anthony Koletti and her son lived; and the $2.55million Edgecliff parents her elderly parents and older brother call home.
It’s not suggested that Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti or family played a role in her disappearance or have any knowledge of where she is. In a legal letter, investors admitted Caddick’s relatives too are ‘victims’.
Who’s who in Melissa Caddick’s family?
Suspected runaway conwoman Melissa Caddick (centre) with her husband, Anthony Koletti (right) and her brother, Adam Grimley (left), on holiday in Fiji
The husband: Anthony Koletti
Melissa Caddick’s husband of seven years, Anthony Koletti
Melissa Caddick’s husband, Anthony Koletti, has many feathers to his cap.
Super car enthusiast, DJ, Joh Bailey hairdresser, ‘prawn farmer’, step-dad, dog lover… and deserted spouse.
Mr Koletti, 38, and Caddick, 49, have been married for seven years. She fell for him while he was doing her hair close to a decade ago.
‘It was about the way he massaged her head,’ a source familiar with the family claimed.
In the wake of Caddick’s disappearance, Mr Koletti has somewhat cruelly been described as her ‘toy boy’.
He is not suggested to have any involvement in his wife’s disappearance or have any knowledge of her company’s alleged financial misappropriation of investor funds.
However, there is little doubt he benefited from his wife’s apparent wealth. He drove a $300,000 Audi R8 and they holidayed as a family each year in Aspen, Colorado.
Mr Koletti has been a DJ – producing a music video in 2015 – and a stay-at-home husband for the past year.
He put down his scissors at a Bondi Junction salon when the pandemic hit last March.
Caddick’s disappearance left him broke. In the weeks after his wife vanished, Mr Koletti told the Federal Court he had just $1.95 left in his only transaction account.
He’s living off a court ordered allowance of $1700 per week which is paid from Caddick’s frozen assets.
Caddick’s disappearance has led Mr Koletti to have several conversations with police about his missing wife.
Last November, he publicly called for the ‘communities of Australia’ to come together, find Melissa and bring her home but has kept his counsel since.
‘We just want her back’, he said.
There has been some intrigue over why it took 30 hours for Mr Koletti to report his wife’s disappearance to police.
But Detective Inspector Gretchen Atkins told 60 Minutes that Mr Koletti was ‘doing what he can to assist us when we ask for help.
‘I think he’s struggled to be what you would expect … to be proactive,’ the police officer added.
Off to the races: The once happy couple attending an event together
As Daily Mail Australia revealed on Tuesday, Mr Koletti has turned to his in-laws, Ted and Barbara, for support, rather than his immediate family.
Look what she did to the people she professed to love
An investor in Caddick’s company who spoke on the condition of anonymity
He was photographed meeting Caddick’s parents for an ‘animated’ two hour discussion on Sunday.
Prior to that, he had been spending a considerable amount of time at their Edgecliff home – rather than the $6.2million mansion where he lives – sources said.
Mr Koletti’s own family claim they only met Caddick a handful of times, his father previously slamming him as ‘delusional’ about her alleged activities.
‘If Anthony is guilty of anything, it is for being in love with his wife, wanting her safely back at home, and being delusional about the truth of what she may have done,’ tax agent dad Rodo Koletti said.
The brother: Adam Grimley
Caddick’s brother, Adam Grimley, has been left to clean up the mess, as manager of her estate
Melissa’s older brother had only recently returned to Australia for health reasons.
He was living in Singapore, where he worked as a governance consultant.
But a source familiar with the family said Adam was unable to return to the south east Asian metropolis due to Covid.
Since then, he has been lugged with a series of even bigger problems.
His little sister is missing, and he has been left managing her estate in her absence.
Mr Grimley wrote to the Federal Court last year and urged a judge to hike up the living allowance for Mr Koletti and Caddick’s teenage son.
He succeeded – with the family granted $1700 a week in payments, rather than a previous $800.
But by mid-December, Mr Grimley had already incurred $55,000 in legal costs dealing with his sister’s matter, which receivers may pay for.
Complicating matters further, Mr Grimley has a one per cent stake to Melissa’s 99 per cent stake in her Dover Heights mansion.
Mr Grimley’s lip quivered during his only press appearance last November, calling for his sibling to come home.
‘Melissa, please let us know you are safe and sound,’ he said. ‘We love you,’
The parents: Ted and Barbara
Barbara and Edward Grimley, Melissa’s parents
Ted and Barbara Grimley sold their house in Sydney’s south and moved into an apartment in Edgecliff, in the city’s inner east, in order to be closer to their daughter.
Caddick bought them the top-level unit. Now the retirees’ $2million home is at risk of being sold from under them.
The couple are said to be desperately worried by their daughter’s disappearance and the predicament they have been left in.
‘They had explicit trust in her,’ said a source who invested in Caddick’s company and was acquainted with her family. ‘And I think they’re realising that they’re as much victims to that trust as well.’
The investor noted Mr and Mrs Grimley faced possible eviction from their home to pay down Melissa’s debts.
‘Where are they going to go? They’re 80 plus years old. They’re not in good health.
‘You’ve got Adam who has been left to clean up this mess – emotionally and technically.
‘I kind of just sit there and go, we got done out of money. Look what she did to the people she professed to love.’
Receivers will report back to the Federal Court on Caddick’s assets on Monday.