The new owners of Melissa Caddick’s mansion claimed they had no idea it once belonged to the fraudster with an odd change already spotted on the property.
Caddick’s Dover Heights mansion, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was snatched up for $9.8million almost two years after the conwoman vanished in November, 2020.
Proceeds from the sale will go towards paying back the alleged $23million she stole from investors including friends and family through her Ponzi scheme.
The new owners of Melissa Caddick’s Dover Heights mansion claim they had no idea it was the former residence of the missing conwoman
Proceeds from the sale of the property will go towards paying back the alleged $23million Caddick stole from investors
Property records indicate Tongna He bought the property back in October.
He is from the eastern suburbs and a retired businessman, according to the records.
A man and woman were spotted outside the mansion earlier this week after recently moving in.
The woman revealed the pair had no idea about the history behind the house.
‘We only just moved in. We actually didn’t know about the house (history) until we bought it,’ she told The Sunday Telegraph.
‘At the end of the day it is just a house to us.’
A new addition has already been spotted at the property with a bag of chillies mysteriously tied to the front door.
It is unknown if it was put there by the occupants or not.
In certain cultures, chillies are placed in a section of a house to drive out bad spirits from a property.
They are also used to cast off the evil eye – a superstitious belief that bad luck is brought to someone when a person glares at them with feelings of dislike or envy.
Earlier this month, Caddick’s victims came to an agreement in the Federal Court on how they would divide the fraudster’s estate
The group have also tried to block Caddick’s parents Barbara and Ted Grimley;.
The couple want to use some of the estate’s money to pay off the mortgage on an eastern Sydney apartment purchased on their behalf by their daughter.
Vanessa Whittaker, representing the receivers in charge of liquidating the 49-year-old’s estate, told the court that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of investors had agreed to split funds on an equal pro-rata basis.
A bag of chillies was seen tied to the front door of the former conwoman’s mansion. In some cultures, chillies are placed in a section of a home to drive out evil spirits (stock image)
Melissa Caddick with her husband Anthony Koletti, who was forced to vacate her Dover Heights home when it was put up for sale
The agreement avoids a drawn-out legal fight between those who felt they should have received priority access to the estate’s funds.
‘The upshot is the out-of-pocket investors, the overwhelming majority … have informed the receivers they agree with a pari-passu approach (on a par, or equal footing),’ Ms Whittaker said.
She told the court that 54 of 55 investors had agreed to the ‘equitable’ process set out by receivers, while the last simply didn’t respond.
The move comes a month after Justice Brigitte Markovic warned there was a ‘dwindling pool of money’ that should not be wasted on legal fees.
More than $23m is still owed to investors in Caddick’s financial services company Maliver, which the Australian Securities and Investments Commission claims was an elaborate Ponzi scheme.
Caddick vanished from her Dover Heights home in November 2020, a day after ASIC and the NSW Police raided the property.
The corporate watchdog says Caddick misappropriated investor money to fund her lavish lifestyle, with investigators seizing luxury items including jewellery, watches, designer clothing and shoes.
She was declared dead four months after her disappearance in February 2021 when a decaying foot was found on Bournda beach, 400km south of Sydney.
An ongoing coronial inquest is seeking to uncover the cause and manner of her presumed death, with findings expected to be handed down in April.
Caddick’s remains were found on Bournda beach (pictured) three months after she vanished