Multimillionaire con artist Melissa Caddick’s husband was teased online for an interview that many viewers struggled to take seriously.
Even prominent figures like Natalie Barr and Derryn Hinch weighed in on the revealing TV interview that audiences called “cringe-worthy.”
Anthony Koletti, 39, told Seven News Spotlight he didn’t believe the “love of his life” had ripped off his family, friends and investors despite the mountain of evidence investigators gathered.
The inline skate barber also told stunned veteran journalist Michael Usher that he still doesn’t understand what a “Ponzi scheme” is.
Ruthless commentators also mocked the amateur DJ for his denials and targeted his music, which featured heavily in the program’s soundtrack.
Anthony Koletti, the husband of multimillionaire con artist Melissa Caddick (pictured together) faced a fiery backlash on social media after his revealing TV interview which was called ‘worthy of honor’
Ruthless commentators also criticized the underwire DJ for his music which featured heavily on the program.
“Melissa Caddick’s husband denies his crimes, not to mention his music, that’s crap,” wrote one commentator.
Another added: “The grinding of the husband’s music in the Melissa Caddick Spotlight episode is off the scale. ”
“This thing about Caddick is hilarious. Who produced this? It’s an absolute comedy. And promoting her husband’s music in the background. I can’t, ”wrote a third.
A fourth predicted: “The music of Melissa Caddick’s husband will surely be the most downloaded on Spotify after all the takes he gave during the interview on his missing and presumed dead wife. “
Caddick, 49, stole millions of life savings from her family and friends in a cheeky Ponzi scheme, taking the funds and spending them on herself instead of investing them for them as she had. promised.
As an ASIC investigation wrapped up into her $ 30 million scam, she left her luxury home in the eastern suburbs of Sydney for a dawn run on November 12 of last year and then has disappeared.
His disappearance sparked a massive manhunt until her rotten foot drifted to shore in February to Bournda Beach, 400 km south of Sydney, and she was pronounced dead.
The inline skate barber (pictured) also told baffled veteran journalist Michael Usher he still doesn’t understand what a ‘Ponzi scheme’ is
Caddick’s ‘penniless’ husband (pictured together) has been criticized for doing the TV special
But the mystery still surrounds his last moves and his fate.
Some have put forward wacky theories that his foot could have been amputated to fake his own death before fleeing overseas.
Others wondered if she had committed suicide or been killed.
Although ASIC investigators found a litany of evidence against Caddick, including false documents, Mr Koletti said: “I don’t believe a word of what any of them said.”
“You might think that, but I don’t see myself as a victim of Melissa Caddick, I see myself as an ASIC survivor,” he said.
“Even though she was as guilty as hell, she didn’t deserve to die. The way they interrogated her was inhumane.
“If she committed suicide, if she was murdered.” She died because of their raid.
While investigators’ main theory is that Caddick ended her own life as the ASIC network moved closer to her and her criminal operation, Mr Koletti rejected the suicide theory and said the murder was “very likely”.
Anthony Koletti (pictured with Caddick) has rejected the suicide theory, despite the ASIC’s net shutting down on his wife and her criminal operation
Caddick’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt until her rotten foot (pictured) drifted ashore in February on Bournda Beach, 400km south of Sydney, and she was pronounced dead
He blamed fraud investigators for raiding his home the day before his disappearance.
Mr Koletti said the investigation either angered an investor who mistakenly believed they had cheated their money or made her so upset that she committed suicide.
But social media users have found his denials of his crimes “infuriating.”
Former radio host and Australian senator Derryn Hinch called the program “staged.”
Channel Seven’s own television personality Natalie Barr said that “the interview with the husband… [was] convincing and infuriating ”.
The Sunrise host was telling a viewer that he missed out after saying he wouldn’t watch the show because it wouldn’t reveal anything new.
The Dover Heights home (pictured) is worth $ 6.2 million and was raided by federal police in November last year
Anthony Koletti is about to break his silence on the disappearance of his wife, claiming that “someone went greedy and wanted her dead
Viewers were also taken aback by Mr Koletti’s claim that he did not interview Caddick after the dramatic police raid and a 14-hour search of their multi-million home the day before he went missing.
He told the show that the couple “spooned” in bed before heading down the stairs to make music.
But some have come to his defense after finding his denials credible and sympathizing with his situation.
“I actually believe Melissa Caddick’s husband. I think he’s innocent in all of this, ”wrote one audience member.
Anthony Koletti vows to reveal the true story of what happened to his missing wife, the fraudulent Melissa Caddick
Anthony Koletti seen at Bondi days before hit TV interview airs
Caddick’s crimes include a detailed Ponzi scheme involving 60 friends and family, totaling $ 30 million – of which only $ 7 million was repaid. The rest of the money is gone.
Beginning in 2012, after setting up her finance company Maliver, it was common for her to tell interested clients who approached her that she was “too busy” to help them – and then tell them later that they were lucky, somehow finding time for their business.
The brochure she handed out to Maliver lied about her credentials because she was not a certified financial planner and did not have a master’s degree in business.
The company was operating using someone else’s Australian Financial Services License. Once she got their money, she set up a fake CommSec stock trading account for each client.
Where she needed it, she forged not only clients’ signatures but also those of the closest available justice of the peace – her stepfather Rodo Koletti.
She emailed clients a fake monthly report claiming astonishing returns of up to 30%, which convinced them to invest more with her and get more word of mouth.
Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Koletti was to be paid $ 50,000 for the TV special. He still lives in their $ 6.2 million home in Dover Heights, where most of the interview was filmed.
Anthony Kolleti (pictured) blames ASIC raid for his wife’s death
Anthony Koletti’s biggest Caddick claims
Melissa Caddick was most likely murdered by an angry investor who wrongly cheated them. His “list of suspects is long”.
She would not have committed suicide because: “Her love for her son, myself, his family and his friends was far beyond that”
However, in the unlikely event that she did commit suicide, she was driven to do so by the stress of the “unfair” ASIC raid, and not because of her guilt.
If she was killed by an investor, it was because the ASIC investigation mistakenly made them think she stole their money, not because she was guilty.
Caddick is completely innocent and the mountains of evidence to the contrary from ASIC is “just their opinion”
ASIC seized a treasure trove of valuables, both as evidence and to put pressure on it, including necklaces worth $ 500,000
He didn’t know anything about her business because she had never told him, and he had never asked her what it was or if she had done anything wrong because he did not doubt that she was innocent.