Wife: ‘I lost everything’

Barry Kloogh. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Barry Kloogh. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Barry Kloogh’s wife has spoken publicly about her husband’s theft for the first time, saying she had been "destroyed" by his offending.

Kloogh is serving a prison term for stealing millions of dollars from dozens of clients through a Ponzi scheme,

His wife Svetlana Spectra, an artist, is about to open a gallery in Mosgiel.

A post advertising her venture on social media attracted an angry reaction from readers, many of whom raised the subject of her husband’s criminal activity.

Ms Spectra said it was correct that her husband had stolen millions.

"When this happened the news almost killed me," she posted.

"I lost everything, like many of those people.

"I lost my dreams, money, family, my husband."

She said because of her husband’s name she had been unable to find work, and that art was the only thing that had kept her going.

"You don’t need to know what I was going through, but instead of seating [sic] and to be sorry for myself I found the strength to do what I’m good in to support my family."

Ms Spectra posted her message on Tuesday, and has not responded to questions or comments from other group members.




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