Melissa Caddick, 49, was last seen at her Dover Heights home in Sydney’s east on November 12
Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick’s husband did not tell police or her family that she was missing for more than 30 hours.
Ms Caddick, 49, was last seen at her Dover Heights home in Sydney’s east on November 12, days after Australian Federal Police raided the property as part of an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation.
Her brother, Adam Grimley, received a call from one of Ms Caddick’s friends at about 4pm the day after she vanished.
‘The f***wit hasn’t told us anything,’ he said of his sister’s husband, Anthony Koletti, to the woman on the phone.
The family friend of 25 years, who did not want to be named, had called Mr Grimley after she got off the phone with a detective – who rang to ask if she knew where Ms Caddick was, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
She received the call after leaving Ms Caddick a voicemail, where she suggested the pair should catch up that night.
When the woman phoned Mr Grimley, he told her that his parents were only told a few hours earlier that Ms Caddick had been missing for a day.
Ms Caddick’s husband did not tell police or her family that she was missing for more than 30 hours. The couple are pictured together
‘He was upset and angry that Anthony hadn’t reported her missing and that he hadn’t contacted her family,’ the woman said.
At this point, Mr Grimley and the family friend did not know they were victims of Ms Caddick’s financial deception.
She is accused of swindling her investors out of millions.
Mr Koletti, who grew up in Riverwood in the city’s west, met the businesswoman while he was working as a hairdresser in Westfield Bondi Junction.
‘Anthony was her ‘toy boy’,’ a family friend said.
‘She was the breadwinner and a controlling one at that.’
Ms Caddick had been under investigation by the corporate regulator, ASIC, for at least three months before her sudden disappearance on November 12.
ASIC was probing whether her company Maliver Pty Ltd had misused millions from investors. The victims were largely friends and associates.
Two days before she went missing, ASIC secured a Federal Court order against her and her company.
A family friend said Ms Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley (pictured) ‘was upset and angry’ that Mr Koletti hadn’t reported his wife as missing
She was banned from travelling overseas and her assets were frozen. Ms Caddick’s home was raided by the Australian Federal Police that same day.
Ms Caddick’s disappearance is the subject of a NSW Police missing persons’ investigation
Authorities are investigating if Ms Caddick may have intentionally run off.
The Federal Court last week ordered receivers and provisional liquidators to report back about Ms Caddick and her company’s assets in mid-February 2021.
The court was told earlier this week that receivers were not looking to seize her Australian properties but could go after her alleged apartment in Aspen, Colorado.
Liquidators have also been handed the tricky task of determining the likely return creditors that can expect from Ms Caddick’s company if it is wound up.
Ms Caddick’s husband, Mr Koletti, and teenage son have been allowed to access a larger sum of money from Ms Caddick’s assets for their ordinary living expenses.
They were originally allowed $800 per week but that was bumped up to $1,700 per week, after Mr Koletti revealed he had just $1.95 in his bank account as of December 4, and feared he would be unable to meet the basic necessities of life.
The court heard some investors were ‘deeply aggrieved’ about Ms Caddick’s family getting more money as it could affect what sums, if any, they get back.
The case returns to court in 2021.
Ms Caddick (centre) and her husband Anthony Koletti (right) would regularly jet off to Aspen, Colorado, where they stayed in a five-star residence at luxury resort, The Little Nell
She’s also accused of splurging on luxury brands such as Dior and Chanel, overseas holidays, limousines and even protein shakes.
An affidavit seen by Daily Mail Australia states that $20 million of investors funds were deposited into her accounts between January 2018 and September 18, 2020.
The corporate watchdog alleges she would open up fake CommSec accounts for her clients and send them fake monthly reports of how their shares were going.
One investor’s report, provided to Daily Mail Australia, shows him raking in an astronomical 257 per cent return on Macquarie Bank shares.
ASIC’s investigation found Ms Caddick spent an enormous amount of luxury clothes, overseas travel and even protein shakes.
On her American Express card alone, Ms Caddick allegedly spent $229,277 at Dior, $187,000 at Canturi Jewellers, $48,000 at Chanel and $52,548 at Cosmopolitan shoes.
The documents also reveal how Ms Caddick also splurged on holidays to Fiji, New York and Aspen.
Ms Caddick is pictured with her husband Anthony Koletti