A 48-year-old man has been convicted of fraud after scamming an elderly widow out of more than £100,000.
Andrew Amdur befriended the widow while she was out walking her dog, claiming to be an opera singer, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The victim asked for £80,000 to be withdrawn from her account to a charity during a phone call to the bank on August 28, 2017, which was intercepted by Amdur who instead used it for personal spending and gambling.
A month later, a further £25,000 was withdrawn from the victim's account, which Amdur had said was for buying a harp as a front to obtain the money.
An investigation was opened by officers from the Westminster CID after his behaviour was reported to police in September 2017.
Amdur told police that he was owed money by the widow, and that the transfer was to cover his wages and three operatic performances in the victim's home.
He was found guilty of two counts of fraud and one count of theft following an eight-day trial.
Detective Sergeant Richard Kidd, who led the investigation, said: "Andrew Amdur took advantage of the victim’s kind nature. Police enquiries, with the assistance of various members of the community has enabled this case to come to a close.
"The victim had been unaware of the spending spree that was being carried out with her money. I hope this conviction brings the victim some measure of comfort and closure.”
Amdur will be sentenced on May 10.