Home Detention for Former Financial Adviser


A former financial adviser has been sentenced in the Manukau District Court following a prosecution brought by the FMA.

In September 2023, Yuen Pok (Paul) Loo pleaded guilty to:

  • One charge of forgery under section 256(1) of the Crimes Act 1961
  • One representative charge of using a forged document under section 257(1) of the Crimes Act 1961
  • One representative charge of providing financial services when he was not registered under section 11(2) of the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008 (FSP Act); and
  • Two representative charges of failing to comply with the FMA’s orders under section 479(2) of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act)

The forgery charges relate to a letter Loo forged, purporting to be from the FMA granting his company, Wisdom House Investment Partners Limited (Wisdom House), a FAP licence, which he sent to a number of his clients.

The regulator says latter charges relate to Loo providing financial advice without a registration when he was required to be registered under the FSP Act and his breach of the FMA’s stop orders by continuing to contact his clients and provide financial advice. Loo was convicted and discharged on the two FMC Act charges.

In December 2021, the FMA cancelled the transitional FAP licence of Wisdom House. In August 2022, the FMA issued a permanent stop order against Loo and Wisdom House, for which he is the sole director and shareholde.

The permanent stop order prohibited Loo and Wisdom House from distributing any restricted communications that related to the supply of a financial advice service to any person, supplying a financial advice to any person, and supplying the financial advice of keeping, investing, administering, or managing money, securities or investment portfolios on behalf of other persons.

Following the issuing of the permanent stop order, the FMA opened a criminal investigation into Loo, resulting in the filing of criminal charges.

In sentencing, Judge Jonathan Moses commented that had it not been for Loo’s specific employment circumstances, a sentence of home detention would have been appropriate.

Loo faces a combination of six months’ community detention with a 7pm to 7am curfew, 200 hours’ community work, and 12 months’ intensive supervision.

FMA Head of Enforcement Margot Gatland said: “Mr Loo’s conduct was a serious breach of the ethical standards expected of financial advisers.

“His actions undermine the integrity and reputation of the financial advice profession and financial markets. Today’s sentence sends a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”