• A couple has been left stranded after allegedly being swindled out of hundred of thousands of dollars in what is thought to be a significant Ponzi scheme.

John Docherty and his wife, Sue Evans, were on the eve of building a new home for their retirement years, but now fear they have lost $650,000.

They say the tears have dried, but are left wondering where to turn while regulators remain publicly tight-lipped on the situation.

In early July, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Markets Authority (FMA) said they were investigating Paul Clifford Hibbs and his company, Hansa.

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Mapua, near Nelson, where John Docherty and his wife were weeks away from building a new home.