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Chilling audio has emerged of notorious conwoman Melissa Caddick in action – ripping off her clients.
A new podcast about the fraudster for the first time allows people to hear her voice in a recorded message she left with one of her victims.
In the short audio clip, to be broadcast in a new podcast called ‘Liar, Liar’, which launches next week, the con artists says , ‘Hi, it’s Melissa Caddick’.
She smoothly announces herself with a slightly nasal voice and in a confident, almost smug manner, with an uptick on the second part of the name.
The podcast will also feature an interview with one of Caddick’s victims who describes a revealing facial quirk she believes was the telltale sign the swindler was being deceitful.
‘Melissa had a terrible habit of just licking her lips when she was lying,’ Faye Reid tells the podcast, which has been produced by the Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes.
Ms Reid and her wife, Cheryl Kraft Reid, were duped of their $800,000 superannuation savings by Caddick.
Melissa Caddick had a habit of licking her lips constantly while she was lying to the people she conned out of millions, one of her victims Faye Reid tells a new podcast Liar Liar
Smooth-talking Caddick, above wearing her trademark fire-engine red Chanel lipstick, can be heard for the first time, saying her name when phoning one of the people she preyed upon
Caddick duped Faye Reid (right, above with wife Cheryl Kraft Reid) of their $800,000 superannuation savings after being lured to her home to discuss their ‘investments’
Ms Reid revealed last year that Caddick, who was constantly searching for new victims, would meet the couple at her home to talk over their finances.
When she did this, Reid remembers, Caddick repeatedly licked her lips.
‘It was slow and constant. She would talk a little bit and then lick her lips, talk a little bit and then lick her lips … I’m going, ‘Oh god, what’s wrong with this woman?’,’ Ms Reid said.
Caddick was an unlicensed financial adviser who disappeared on November 12, 2020, the day after Australian Federal Police raided her home on the suspicion she had embezzled $30 million from 72 clients.
The 49-year-old had been under investigation by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for falsely posing as a registered financial adviser and running a Ponzi scheme fleecing mostly family and friends.
Her victims handed over enormous sums on the understanding the money was being invested in portfolios.
Melissa Caddick (above with second husband, Anthony Koletti) was unrecognisable as a sleek-haired designer clad businesswoman from the frizzy-haired schoolgirl from Lugarno
A day after Caddick was raided by the AFP (above left) she left home for a dawn run and was never seen alive again, and four months later a foot inside a runner (above right) on a beach 400km away was DNA matched to the missing fraudster
Instead Caddick, a designer brand addict who favoured Chanel and Dior which she wore with her trademark fire-engine red Chanel lipstick, spent the money on clothing, two Sydney houses, luxury cars, artwork and jewellery.
In February 2021, partial human remains washed up on Bournda Beach on the NSW South Coast, 400km from the Dover Heights home Caddick left four months earlier without her mobile phone, wallet or keys to go for a run just before sunrise .
Police matched DNA from the decomposed foot in the shoe to a sample from Caddick’s toothbrush.
Caddick developed a designer brand addiction favouring Dior and Chanel, and wore ‘something different to work’ every day, sometimes even ‘a ballgown’
Caddick swindled $10m from one of her oldest friends’ families and spent the money on lavish holidays (pictured, with husband Anthony Coletti in Fiji), designer clothes, jewellery and real estate
Caddick showered gifts on loved ones including holidays in Aspen (above left with husband Anthony Koletti) and luxury cars like Koletti’s prized Audi R8 sports car (above right), since sold by liquidators
The podcast will follow the upmarket life led by Caddick, described as the ‘con artist of the century’, who began stealing as far back as 1998 when she was caught forging cheques at an investment bank.
A quiet, unremarkable schoolgirl from Sydney’s Southern suburbs, Caddick developed a taste for luxury goods, expensive travel and haute couture, and travelled overseas 25 times between 2009 and her death.
Liar Liar promises to retrace Caddick’s travels from the ‘upmarket jewellery auction rooms in Hong Kong’ to the ‘ski slopes of Aspen’ and ‘private islands in the South Pacific’
Born Melissa Grimley, she kept her married name from first husband, Tony Caddick, who she divorced in 2013, marrying her hairdresser Anthony Koletti in the same year.
One of Caddick’s former associates claims every day the master conwoman was meeting potential prey she ‘had to wear something different … to work’, and sometimes that was ‘a ballgown’.
Caddick (above with husband Koletti) impressed her clients with her expensive clothing, but all along it was really their money she was embezzling to fund her luxury lifestyle
After Melissa Caddick’s remains washed up on Bournda Beach in February last year, one of her victims questions ‘It’s just one foot. Where’s the rest of the body?’
A dowdy curly-haired schoolgirl, Caddick straightened her hair, bought designer clothes and became a sleek and sophisticated woman who swindled childhood friends of their savings
Classified as a narcissistic sociopath, Caddick had a very ‘calculating and controlling personality’ which the podcast will examine.
One victim’s extended family lost around $10m after Caddick targeted one of her oldest childhood friends.
The friend, which Nine calls ‘Joanna’, remembers Caddick wearing a $2500 Dolce & Gabbana dress to her 50th birthday party, and giving her the gift of expensive champagne and a Dior scented deodoriser.
That night, Joanna felt happy and lucky to know Caddick but later reflected to Nine, ‘Looking back, she was ripping off everyone at my party. Every single member of my family plus another couple I had invited’.
Other old friends met up again with Caddick at a school reunion, where the sleek-headed Dior-wearing businesswoman was unrecognisable from the frizzy-haired Peakhurst High School girl of 30 years before.
At the reunion in the Oatley Hotel in 2018, Caddick’s stylish appearance convinced her schoolmate ‘she had married very well, married someone quiet well off, because she had been on a lot of overseas holidays and drove a nice car’.
Despite Caddick’s remains being found and identified, her victims question whether she is truly dead.
One of them says, ‘do I believe she killed herself? The jury’s still out on that’, while another says, ‘It’s just one foot. Where’s the rest of the body?’