A victim of serial conwoman Melissa Caddick has slammed her ‘penniless’ husband for accepting a rumoured $50,000 for a television interview, saying he is motivated by money.
Anthony Koletti, 39, was paid the significant sum for a tell-all special on Channel Seven’s Spotlight program, to say what he thinks happened to his financial advisor wife who vanished from their $6.2million Dover Heights mansion in November.
Caddick, 49, was wanted by police after she skipped town with $30million of her clients’ life-savings, until she was declared dead when her decaying foot drifted ashore on Bournda Beach in February – 400km south of her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Mr Koletti, a former DJ, has largely remained silent as investigations into his wife’s dodgy dealings, but in a promo clip for the interview, he boldly proclaims: ‘I can’t keep silent any longer. It’s time for the truth to come out.’
The show will air on the Seven network on Sunday night.
There is no suggestion that Mr Koletti had any involvement in Caddick’s fraudulent conduct, or in her disappearance.
Anthony Koletti has vowed to give ‘the real story about what happened to Melissa’ in his sit down with 7News Spotlight: The Vanishing on Sunday night
Anthony Koletti is set to break his silence about the disappearance of his wife, saying ‘someone got greedy and wanted her dead’
But a former friend of the couple who was fleeced by Caddick’s bogus investment business told Daily Mail Australia while it’s likely that Mr Koletti does have information to reveal on the program, it’s also likely he was 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.’
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 per month life insurance policy, which she took out prior to her disappearance.
In a preview for the interview, the former hairdresser said: ‘People don’t just disappear. I don’t think it was an accident at all.’
‘Someone got greedy and wanted her dead.’
Anthony Koletti, husband of millionaire fraudster Melissa Caddick (pictured together), still lives in the $6.2million home they shared before she vanished
Despite the millions of dollars owed to about 72 of Caddick’s clients, Mr Koletti – who was stripped of his $1700 allowance earlier this year – is still living in luxury in his late wife’s mansion, which boasts breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
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 $30 million – only $7 million 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.