A SCHEMING Cradley Heath cleaner who fleeced a dementia suffering War veteran out of over £200,000 in less than two years has been hit with a demand for £67,017.

Judge Barry Berlin gave 63-year-old Veronica Robinson three months to come up with the money she took from her victim - a man in his nineties who is registered blind.

And he warned her that she failed to comply with the confiscation order in that time she would have to spend 14 months behind bars.

That sentence, he ruled at Wolverhampton Crown Court, would be added onto the five and a half year jail term she is currently serving.

Robinson, of High Haden Road, Cradley Heath had denied one count of fraud by abuse of position and another count of perverting the course of justice.

But she was found guilty on both charges by a jury who considered the evidence for eight and a half hours at the end of her trial.

The panel had been told Robinson isolated the wealthy pensioner from his friends and family and she took control of his finances after she started working for him as an £8.50 an hour cleaner.

She spent £188,000 of his savings buying a house for herself while other large sums of money remained unaccounted for after being withdrawn from his bank account.

Robinson, the trial heard, changed the locks on the Halesowen home of the Royal Navy veteran who served in the North Atlantic during World War 2 and she got him to sign a number of cheques.

The vulnerable widower was taken by Robinson on regular trips to his bank and they were dubbed the "Bonnie and Clyde" runs after the notorious gangsters.

Experts came to the conclusion the man who married twice and worked on oil rights worldwide lacked the capacity to make rational financial decisions.

He gave Robinson, a mother of two who returned to the United Kingdom in 2011 after 27 years in Australia, a £1,000 piece of jewellery and also took her out for meals.

She had started working for him as a cleaner in late 2013 and she was finally rumbled after concerns were raised about the man's finances by his son and stepson.