The conspicuous disappearance of Sydney con man Melissa Caddick is being turned into an Underbelly TV series next year.
Wentworth actress Kate Atkinson will star on Underbelly: Vanishing Act, with veteran Australian actor Colin Friels to also play a key role.
Other confirmed actors on board for the Channel Nine production include Home and Away’s Tai Hara, Maya Stange, Sophie Bloom and Ursula Mills.
Ms Caddick, 49, is believed to be missing, she was last seen alive in November 2020 and only one of her limbs has ever been found.
The financial con artist defrauded 60 clients of at least $23 million, mostly from family and friends for a number of years, before ASIC raided her $6.8 million home in eastern Sydney’s Dover Heights.
Actress Kate Atkinson will star as con artist Melissa Caddick in Channel 9’s 2022 TV series Underbelly: Vanishing Act
Veteran Australian actor Colin Friels has also been cast to star in the TV series next year
Scam artist Melissa Caddick has defrauded 60 clients of at least $23 million, mostly from family and friends over a number of years
In scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, Mrs. Caddick’s foot was then found by campers on Bournda Beach on February 21, south of Tathra on the south coast of NSW, after which NSW police pronounced her dead.
Also included in the shoe was a unique ASICS sneaker – which Ms. Caddick had seen wearing before – which can only be purchased in Israel.
No further remains of Mrs. Caddick have ever been found, and she was said goodbye during a private service in April.
Her first known scam was minor embezzlement in 1998, where her silver tongue often led her to talk her way out of trouble — until last year.
Mrs. Caddick’s crime was a detailed Ponzi scheme involving 60 friends and family, totaling $30 million – of which only $7 million was ever repaid. The rest of the money disappeared.
Creating an impression of success became an essential part of Mrs. Caddick’s way of working.
Her impeccable presentation was designed to make people see her as professional and overlook her usual dishonesty,
Beginning in 2012, after she founded 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 later tell them they were lucky and somehow found time for their business.
The brochure she handed out for Maliver lied about her credentials, as she was not a certified financial planner and had no masters of business.
The company was operating someone else’s Australian Financial Services license. Once she had their money, she created a fake CommSec stock trading account for each client.
Where necessary, she not only forged signatures of clients, but also those of the nearest justice of the peace – her father-in-law Rodo Koletti.
She emailed clients a fake monthly report with astonishing returns of up to 30 percent, which convinced them to invest more with her and get her more word of mouth.
Melissa Caddick with her first husband Tony Caddick (pictured right) – they had a child together who lived with Mrs. Caddick when she disappeared
Mrs Caddick’s shoe was found by campers on Bournda Beach on February 21, south of Tathra on the south coast of NSW, after which NSW police pronounced her dead
Her partner Anthony Koletti (pictured left) was presumably unaware of Ms Caddick .’s illegal behavior
Many Caddick victims lost their savings.
She stole from childhood friends and their families, her personal trainer, her employees and surgeons in Perth.
When ASIC investigators raided Caddick’s home last November, they seized dozens of expensive dresses, handbags and shoes from designer brands.
Her scams began to unravel when a client did due diligence on documents provided to them and notified the woman whose Australian financial services license she was using – which is believed to be November 2019.
ASIC has registered the complaint but has not taken any action at the time.
Another complaint in June 2020 contained more details, and ASIC asked the federal court to freeze her assets and confiscate her passport.
Shortly after ASIC knocked on her door, Mrs. Caddick promptly disappeared to escape justice permanently.