Melissa Caddick’s husband has lost his wife, his $1,700-a-week living allowance, his prized $300,000 super car – and now his personalised numberplates.
Anthony Koletti’s distinctive puppy-themed plates, ‘2 PAWS’, are now back on the market and are advertised for $479 on the NSW Government’s MyPlates website.
The plates were an apparent reference to Mr Koletti and his missing wife’s two pet dogs as well as a nod to his DJ moniker, Paws Off Productions.
But Daily Mail Australia has established that Mr Koletti’s Audi R8 – his pride and joy – was seized in January by the receivers reviewing his wife’s assets.
That left the husband of Sydney’s alleged runaway conwoman with less impressive wheels: a Mercedes AMG cla45 – originally valued at about $55,000.
The latest blow comes amid a cascade of bad news for Mr Koletti, 38, as a Federal Court judge axed the living allowance supporting him and his teenage step-son.
Meanwhile, the provisional liquidators poring over Caddick’s financial affairs today claimed they can’t find one genuine financial document she gave to her clients.
What once was: Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti’s $300,000 Audi R8 was seized by receivers last month and now its special feature number plates are up for sale
For sale: Mr Koletti’s distinctive plates – which share a similar name to his DJ side-hustle Paws Off Productions – are on the market
Mr Koletti’s DJ business was called ‘Paws Off Productions’ and his car was emblazoned ‘2 PAWS’ – in what may be a tribute to the couple’s two dogs
Caddick had allegedly sent her clients mocked up CommSec documents showing the incredible returns the savings they had invested with her were allegedly making.
In a statement on Wednesday, Bruce Gleeson from Jones Partners confirmed the existence of ‘hundreds of false bank statements, share contracts and share trading statements’ in Caddick’s files.
‘In nearly all cases the transactions referred to in the documents and the purported shareholdings deemed to be held by the investors were fictitious,’ he said, adding he believed she used Excel spreadsheets to mock them up.
Some of Caddick’s allegedly ill-gotten gains were used to fuel her lavish lifestyle including designer clothes, bespoke jewellery and overseas holidays – much of the former seized by ASIC, the corporate regulator.
Not much has been left behind for her investors – or for Mr Koletti and Caddick’s son to live off.
Anthony’s axed allowance
Earlier this week, lawyer Stephanie Fendekian for ASIC told Justice Brigitte Markovic that Caddick’s bank accounts, where Mr Koletti’s allowance was sourced from, had just $5,600 left.
Justice Brigitte Markovic ordered Mr Koletti’s $1,700 payments stop when those funds ran out.
While it may seem unusual, allowances such as these is standard practice when someone’s assets are frozen, as Caddick’s have been since early November.
Mr Koletti was originally granted an $800 per week stipend but the court heard in December that this was insufficient, with the house husband telling the court he had just $1.95 in his account in early December.
The allowance was hiked to $1700 after brother-in-law Adam Grimley tallied Caddick’s family’s costs at approximately $21,612 per month.
Riding high: Mr Koletti behind the wheel of an Audi years before his wife vanished
Furious investors revolted over the allowance, arguing potentially ill-gotten gains shouldn’t be used to prop up the Caddick family lifestyle.
Caddick is accused of rorting up to $20million – and possibly more – from long-term investors who trusted that she was putting their savings into shares.
ASIC alleges she misappropriated the funds by producing faked CommSec documents for her clients showing they had achieved stunning returns.
According to a document seen by Daily Mail Australia, Ms Caddick told at least one investor she would receive all their mail regarding their super fund so ‘you are not bombarded with a lot of documentation you put to the side till (sic) end of financial year.’
Joy ride’s over: Mr Koletti, a former hairdresser at Joh Bailey’s Bondi Junction branch, has lost his right to a $1700-a-week allowance
Where is she? Melissa Caddick has been missing since last November. Above, she’s curled up on the couch with husband Anthony Koletti
The last known of Melissa Caddick – at her $6.2million Dover Heights home during an ASIC/AFP raid
There is no suggestion Mr Koletti played any role in her disappearance or knew of her alleged financial trickery.
And Caddick’s parents, too, may have been victims of their daughter’s alleged scam, according to a letter tendered with the court this week.
Michael Hayter, a lawyer for the receivers, requested Mr Grimley send details of monies that Caddick had ‘invested in shares’ on the family’s behalf, but are unaccounted for.
‘Could Mr Adam Grimley urgently provide to us details of the monies he and his parents have paid Ms Caddick to invest in shares which have not been returned to them,’ Mr Hayter asked in the February 1 letter.
Caddick had purchased her elderly parents a penthouse apartment in Edgecliff, after convincing them to sell up their family home in the city’s south.
The home was mortgaged and what happened to the proceeds of the sale of their house is unclear.
Right now, Caddick’s parents face a more pressing issue. They could be evicted from their property, with investors calling for their daughter’s property portfolio to eb sold off.
ASIC seized a number of luxury items including jewellery and designer clothing from Caddick’s $6.2million Dover Heights home on November 11, the day she was last seen.