A caretaker who stole nearly $1 million from an elderly Mission Viejo couple and left the husband in a soiled diaper amid a feces-strewn home after his wife’s death pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to nearly nine years in state prison.

Ignacio Conlu Barandiaran, 36, of Long Beach, accepted a plea deal of eight years and eight months behind bars from Orange County Superior Court Judge Greg Jones, who also ordered the defendant to pay $370,849 in restitution, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche.

The defendant has “not paid back a dime” so far, the prosecutor said.

Barandiaran admitted 16 counts of caretaker theft from an elder, three counts of burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property and single counts of elder neglect, leading police on a chase and being a felon in possession of body armor, all felonies. He also admitted three counts of identity theft, two counts of driving on a suspended license, two counts of hit and run with property damage and a count of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, all misdemeanors.

Barandiarian additionally admitted 18 sentencing enhancement allegations of property damage or loss exceeding $65,000 and 18 sentencing enhancement allegations of white-collar crime exceeding $100,000.

“This guy was a one-man crime spree,” Labreche said.

The defendant has five other misdemeanor cases pending in Los Angeles County.

At the time Barandiarian was involved in a police chase on June 25 of last year, he had outstanding warrants for his arrest when he failed to appear in court on his other cases, Labreche said.

Barandiaran began working for the victims, a couple in their 80s, in December 2015, Labreche said. The wife died in 2016 and the man, who was 88 and suffered from dementia, died last summer, the prosecutor said.

Barandiaran cleared out the couple’s bank accounts, used their credit cards and spent the money on drugs, food and other personal items for himself, hesaid.

The defendant had the husband transfer trusteeship to him, and then cashed in on a reverse mortgage and tried to sell the house from under the octogenarian, the prosecutor said.

“He had absolutely no capacity to make those decisions,” Labreche said. “There were methamphetamine users going in and out of there, (the husband) was in a soiled diaper and the house was completely trashed with feces on the floor from dogs.”

The Orange County Public Guardian got involved and took control of the estate, Labreche said.

The thefts were brought to light by alert bank officials who thought the transactions on the victim’s account looked suspicious, Labreche said.

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