SANTA ANA (CBS) — A Costa Mesa man has been charged with stealing more than $280,000 from a blind and deaf widow in her late 90s and using the money to buy his girlfriend an engagement ring.

John Thomas Windsor, 41, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with one count each of first-degree residential burglary, caretaker theft from an elder and fraudulently using a credit card and three counts of forgery – all felonies, Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche said.

KNX 1070’s Melinda Lee reports.

Windsor was arrested Wednesday morning by Newport Beach police and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Windsor’s mother was hired to care for the widow, who also suffered from dementia and was confined to her Newport Beach home, Labreche said. Windsor, who was on parole at the time for domestic violence and fraud in Vermont, moved into the widow’s home in 2007 without her knowledge.

Windsor stole about $280,000 from the widow’s bank accounts and through use of her credit card, Labreche said, buying two used cars, an engagement ring from Tiffany & Co., a classic record collection and a “sex swing,” among other things.

Windsor is also accused of tricking the widow into signing over power of attorney to him, which medical experts have concluded she could not have been mentally competent to do, and attempting to take out a loan on her house, which had been fully paid off for 50 years, Labreche said. Bank officials grew suspicious and alerted Adult Protective Services officials.

The widow died in May 2009 of respiratory failure, pneumonia and dementia at the age of 99, Labreche said.

Windsor faces up to 11 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

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Comments (12)
  1. What the f...k says:

    What an A-hole!!!!!

  2. drozone69 says:

    Thats what happens when you are old and feeble.Someone regardless if family,friends or employees will take the old fart to the cleaners.everything you worked so hard to ascertain will be rat-packed from you old useless ass.Sad but true,in the end you slaved for decades only to have it dissapear in a matter of months.It is raw human nature at its finest.

  3. David says:

    what’s the deal with Windsor’s mother— isn’t she charged with anything? She is caring for a helpless elderly woman and her son moves in to the house without the woman knowing. Or is this poor writing in the story that doesn’t say which woman didn’t know he moved in, very clearly. This is not a story of basic human greed. This is a story of a heinous act by a career criminal who should be incarcerated if found guilty of these terrible crimes against the helpless and against society. Why did another woman accept his marriage proposal with the stolen money- or did she not know he was stealing from this woman? She must have known he was living in this elderly woman’s house and buying expensive rings and 2 cars. If she was fooled by him and she didn’t know– then there is yet another victim of this idiot. Oops, alleged idiot.

    1. Ron says:

      Good point David.

    2. Ron says:

      If he is convicted, he needs to be put away for much longer than just 11 years 8 months, because he will get out and do it again, and/or maybe even worse.

  4. Idiot says:

    Is it safe to say the wedding is off?

    1. David says:

      perhaps delayed…

      1. David oops I mean anon says:

        Please note the new Wedding Date…. December 28, 2023. Suggested gifts have also changed. The bride may need additional jewelry to replace originals taken as evidence. Also the newly designed wedding cake will feature a file in place of a cream filling.

  5. aconcernedcitizen says:

    I hope there is a special place in hell for this…..(You fill in the blank).

  6. upyours says:

    He might do six years, if society is lucky he’ll catch a shank.

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