A new video has emerged of notorious con artist Melissa Caddick enjoying the good life thanks to the millions of dollars she stole from her victims.
The footage shows a beaming Caddick and husband Anthony Koletti relaxing on lounge chairs at a festival while Mr. Koletti snaps a selfie.
The couple can be seen joking and laughing in footage that would no doubt infuriate those whose savings accounts she had emptied in her elaborate scam of financial advisors.
In the footage obtained by 60 Minutes and included in a promo for its Sunday night programme, Caddick then orders drinks at the bar wearing expensive designer sunglasses and happily chats with the bar staff.
But soon after, her Ponzi scheme came crashing down when on November 11, 2020, her multi-million dollar Dover Heights mansion was raided by Australian Securities and Investment Commission officials.
The next day, she left home early to go for a run and was never seen again, leading to an enduring mystery.
New footage shows Melissa Caddick, Anthony Koletti and another man enjoying a festival ahead of the ASIC attack on her Dover Heights property
The trio joke and laugh in new footage unearthed this Sunday night as part of a 60 Minutes story
Wild theories arose as to whether the fraudster had gone into hiding or gone abroad after amputating her own foot – which was found in an ASICS shoe that had washed up on a beach on the NSW south coast in February 2021.
It was also speculated that she may have jumped off cliffs near her home in Dover Heights.
After two and a half years, NSW coroner Elizabeth Ryan announced on Thursday that Caddick was dead.
Magistrate Ryan said she had accepted that Caddick had died, but said she could not determine exactly when or how.
“The conclusion I’ve come to is that Melissa Caddick is dead. But for reasons that will be explained, I don’t think the evidence allows for a positive finding about how she died, or when and where this happened,” she said.
Police suspected that on the morning of November 12, 2020, Caddick committed suicide by jumping off the cliff at Rodney Reserve, about 500 meters from her home.
The inquest had heard from forensic psychiatrist Dr. Kerri Eagle who determined that Ms. Caddick may have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She noted that patients with this condition are at risk of committing suicide if they experienced something that deeply shamed them.
Caddick is also quietly chatting with bartenders at the height of her $30 million Ponzi scheme
Ms Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti (pictured together) only reported his wife missing when he contacted Rose Bay Police Station at 11:45am on 13 November – a full 30 hours after she was last seen
But magistrate Ryan said while she accepted that Caddick could have considered suicide as “her only escape from personal and professional catastrophe,” there was not enough evidence to prove she had done so.
“I do not accept that the evidence is capable of proving suicide as the manner in which Mrs Caddick died,” she said.
The magistrate added that there were no reports of anyone seeing Caddick on the cliff, or CCTV footage of her presence nearby.
Magistrate Ryan took several photos of Caddick’s barber husband Anthony Koletti as he delivered her findings Thursday.
She explained that Mr. Koletti had given numerous accounts of what happened in the days following his wife’s disappearance.
“I have formed the opinion that it is likely that on November 13, 2020, Mr. Koletti had some knowledge of Ms. Caddick’s movements over the past two days, but chose not to disclose it,” she said.
“I accept that Mr. Koletti’s inherent unreliability placed a significant burden on the investigating police.”
Mr Koletti had reported his wife missing on November 13, some 30 hours after she was believed to have been last seen.
He also refused to go to Rose Bay Police Station to press charges.
Caddick’s collection of expensive custom jewelry, artwork, property, and designer clothes was used to try to pay back those she had set up for their money.
Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti clashes with reporters after findings on her whereabouts were relayed Thursday
His delay in reporting her disappearance “was of no use” to the detectives conducting the investigation, with one detective describing Mr. Koletti’s reluctance to go to the station as “extremely unusual and strange.”
Magistrate Ryan also said Mr Koletti has not given a “full and candid account” of what happened with the inquest.
Mr Koletti was described in the course of the inquiry as the ‘most impressive and unreliable witness’, whose lack of candor was one of the reasons why how or when Caddick died could not be determined.
His evidence at the inquest was “riddled with inconsistencies,” Magistrate Ryan said.
But on Friday, an irate Mr. Koletti hit back at the comments.
“It’s disgraceful,” Mr Koletti told Daily Mail Australia.
He had clashed with reporters outside the courthouse in Sydney’s western Lidcombe on Thursday, shoving 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort as he stormed to his car outside.
The barber’s brother-in-law, Adam Grimley, was behind the wheel and honked loudly as Mr. Koletti burst in.
Mr. Koletti was forced to move out of the Dover Heights mansion last year.
Caddick’s assets, including valuable works of art, property, jewelry and luxury items of clothing, have been sold by liquidators in an effort to repay the victims of her $30 million Ponzi scheme.
The sale of the mansion was settled in January for $9.8 million.
Caddick’s parents are still embroiled in a legal battle to keep their luxury apartment she paid for.