The receivers in charge of liquidating missing conwoman Melissa Caddick’s multimillion-dollar assets have sent a whopping bill to the Federal Court, claiming they are already owed almost $500,000.
The 49-year-old has not been seen since she left her $15m Dover Heights home without her phone, wallet or keys on November 12, 2020.
Her disappearance was just hours after the Australian Federal Police and Australian Securities and Investments Commission raided the home.
The corporate watchdog says Ms 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 a beach 400km south of Sydney.
Since her disappearance, court-appointed receivers Jones Partners have unravelled the conwoman’s scam.
In documents released by the Federal Court on Wednesday, the receivers asked Justice Brigitte Markovic to approve payments of $393,648.31 and $95,676.46.
“The remuneration and the costs and expenses be paid from the receivership property, including from the receivers’ trust account,” court documents stated.
If approved, the money is expected to come out of the proceeds from the sale of Ms Caddick’s Dover Heights home, designer clothes, lavish jewellery and artwork.
The money will go to the receivers before her 74 victims are paid the $23.5m that is owed to them, and then to her mortgage.
It was announced by Jones Partners in July that Sydney Sotheby’s Michael Pallier was appointed to sell the home.
“Following a very extensive and detailed real estate agent selection process, we have today signed an agency agreement with Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty (Michael Pallier) to bring the Dover Heights property to market,” Jones Partners principal Bruce Gleeson said.
“The Dover Heights property represents a significant part of the receivership property of Melissa Caddick and there continues to be very strong interest in this property.”
Ms Caddick bought the mansion in April 2020 for $6.2m, but it is now expected to command around $15m when it goes to market.
Her husband Anthony Koletti was ordered to move out of the house by the Federal Court and vacated the property in mid-May.
An inquest into her disappearance is ongoing in the NSW Coroner’s Court and is due to resume on September 26.