Melissa Caddick: Missing fraud suspect's foot found on Australian beach

26 Février, 2021, 17:42 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Her disappearance came two days after Australian Federal Police and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) raided her home over allegations she was misappropriating investor funds.

Human remains washed up on a beach on the New South Wales South Coast on Sunday - which were later matched to Melissa Caddick's DNA from her toothbrush.

Liquidators allege the self-styled financial adviser "meticulously and systematically" deceived those who entrusted millions of investment dollars to her over seven years, then used the money to fund her lavish lifestyle.

Over the years, no red flags with Ms Caddick or her business were ever raised.

"Given the circumstances of the disappearance (and) the fact that she left personal belongings behind, we've always considered the possibility that she might have taken her own life", he said.

Caddick vanished from her Dover Heights home in Sydney's eastern suburbs on November 12 a year ago and has not been seen since.

The modelling deemed it possible that her body could have drifted to Bournda.

Analysis of the foot - found inside a running shoe which Ms Caddick was seen wearing during the ASIC raid - will help investigators determine when she died.

Her decomposed foot was found in the water near Tathra on February 21, police revealed on Friday.

"It was decomposed so obviously it had been in the water for some time", Mr Willing said.

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The conwoman ran a Ponzi scheme in which she transferred investors' money from her business into her personal accounts instead of investing the funds.

Ms Kraft Reid described her once-friend as a "sociopath" and said she had been desperate to see justice after she and her wife lost almost $1 million of their superannuation to Ms Caddick.

Ms Caddick is alleged to have tricked investors using false bank statements, share contracts and share trading statements using trading company CommSec and the Commonwealth Bank letterhead.

But liquidators say the account numbers on the documents either did not exist or were not associated with the actual investor.

In December, the court heard the financial planner was allegedly operating her company without a license as it drained a combined A$13.1 million of investors' cash, with many not seeing a return.

The matter is back in the Federal Court in April, when Mr Gleeson and his partner will ask to be appointed as ongoing liquidators so they can start realising Maliver's "limited" assets.

She had not been seen since.

"Wow, that's a sad tragic outcome for her son, but it's also a sad tragic outcome for us because we don't get closure", Ms Kraft Reid said.

"It's about seeing consequences for what's happened to us and the many years we've worked for zero returns because she chose to live an entitled and frivolous life spending it on high-end products", she said.

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