Ruthless Veronica Robinson wormed her way into the 93-year-old’s affections while working as his cleaner, a court heard.
The vulnerable widower, who suffers from dementia, became besotted with her while she systematically stole his life savings.
Robinson isolated him from his family and told lies about friends so he turned against them.
You’ve shown yourself to be an unprincipled opportunist, motivated by insatiable greed.
Judge Barry Berlin
After two years, the £8.50-an-hour domestic help had a detached house and was driving a Mercedes.
Robinson, 61, groomed the Royal Navy veteran by flattering and flirting with him. She would occasionally kiss him on the lips.
The retired businessman, who was made an MBE for services to industry, gave her gifts including a £1,000 brooch and took her out for meals.
But flame-haired Robinson was only interested in his money. In a sick joke referencing the legendary American criminal couple, she regularly took him on “Bonnie and Clyde trips” to the bank to withdraw up to £6,000 a month.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had no idea where his cash had gone.
Veronica Robinson was jailed for more than five years fir stealing £250k from blind war hero
Robinson, known as Sue to her victim, also tricked him into signing cheques including one for £188,000 which she used to buy a house in Halesowen, West Midlands, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Her web of deceit began to unravel after his son and step-son became concerned.
They put a limit on the amount of cash which could be withdrawn from his account.
When the scheming cleaner tried to get the restriction removed, they appealed to the Court of Protection and police were later called in.
Robinson, of Cradley Heath, West Midlands, was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position last month.
Robinson wormed her way into the 93-year-old’s affections working as a cleaner
She was also convicted of perverting the course of justice by misleading the Court of Protection.
As he jailed her this week, Judge Barry Berlin told Robinson: “You’ve shown yourself to be an unprincipled opportunist, motivated by insatiable greed.
“You preyed on him, praised him, flattered him. You had genuine contempt for him.”
Twice-married Robinson went to work for the war veteran in 2013 after spending 37 years in Australia.
She had tried to make her fortune selling anti-head lice products, but the business crashed and she returned to Britain in 2011.
Her crimes were investigated by Dudley Council’s trading standards team.
Robinson went to work for the war veteran in 2013
Tony Oakman, strategic director for people at Dudley Council, said: “This was a despicable crime against someone who was extremely vulnerable which resulted in him being duped out of thousands of pounds.
“The dishonesty involved is staggering and I am delighted our trading standards team were able to help bring swift justice to Veronica Robinson which we hope will be some comfort to this elderly victim and his family.”
The Court of Protection has declared Robinson’s victim to be the legal owner of the Halesowen house.
But £67,000 withdrawn from his account is still unaccounted for.