A companion has been jailed for more than five years after condemning his ‘sugar daddy’, an elderly Deloitte millionaire businessman, 35 years older than her, out of £ 2.5 million.
Louise Caplan, 34, of Chalfont Saint Giles, Buckinghamshire, was booked by Henry Sless via escort site Adult Works in November 2017 after he agreed to pay her £ 400 for sex and they started dating.
Caplan asked the retired banker, who was 65 at the time, to be her ‘sugar daddy’ in exchange for £ 150,000 a year, but Mr Sless managed to negotiate the fee down to £ 10,000 a month, the court heard.
The millionaire, who lives in the expensive river at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, put £ 2.5 million into her fraudulent business ventures in Dubai and Dublin and gave her more than £ 1 million in gifts.
But prosecutors told the court that Caplan bought a house and works of art worth £ 300,000 worth £ 300,000 with the money she claimed she invested in her interior design business.
Caplan was jailed for more than five years at Aylesbury Crown Court after a two-hour delay in which she claimed to have committed to the hospital to be assessed under the Mental Health Act.
Escort Louise Caplan (pictured) from Buckinghamshire, was booked by Henry Sless via a website and he was so beaten that he was linked to millions of pounds, the court heard
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann told the court that when Mr Sless gave Caplan huge loans, he thought the couple were in a long-term relationship and had a future together.
Millionaire Mr Sless, who was accounting firm Deloitte’s global tax portfolio holder for more than a decade before retiring, believed the couple would get married and raise Caplan’s daughter together.
A statement from Mr Sless, read in court by Weidmann, stated: ‘It felt as if we were clicking right away, and within a few days of our first meeting, Mrs Caplan sent a message that she would would have married me if I had been 10 years younger and she was 10 years older.
‘We met about five times in the first year and we were in touch daily. I instantly fell for her. ‘
As the relationship developed, the court heard how Caplan began demanding money from Mr. Sless, often in erotically charged messages soaked in love.
It was also revealed that the couple had met each other at least six times for sex, although Judge Francis Sheridan suggested it could have been many more times.
Caplan (pictured) asked the retired banker to be her ‘sugar daddy’ in exchange for £ 150,000 a year, but Sless managed to negotiate the fee down to £ 10,000 a month, the court heard
During their relationship, wealthy taxman Caplan exaggerated with gifts worth £ 1 million. But the court heard the accomplice swindled him for at least £ 2.5 million.
A weeping Caplan looked shattered as she sat crying on the quay when the court heard she had spent more than £ 1 million on a luxury house in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire.
She also sprayed nearly £ 313,000 on works of art and £ 619,000 on luxury shops, despite having previously had an annual income of just £ 7,000.
The astonished judge was told that despite the huge amount of loans Sless handed out, the veteran accountant did not require any paperwork.
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann said he gave the loans on an informal basis in the sense that they were in a long-term relationship.
But Judge Sheridan dismissed allegations that the victim was ‘vulnerable, questioning:’ Of course he would have had paperwork, was he an accountant? What do I overlook? ‘
Weidmann admitted that Sless was a man of ‘dizzying naivety’ despite his vast experience.
He had thought the money would be spent on property development in Dublin and Dubai, despite having seen only very limited evidence of their existence.
Defendant John Swaine said she was trying to use the money to pursue her dream of becoming a successful interior designer, and it was only when the bills began to catch up with her that she turned to fraud.
Prosecutors told the court Caplan (picutred) bought a £ 1 million house and expensive works of art worth £ 300,000 with the money she claimed she invested in her business
He said: ‘She intended to spend this money in a business, but she was hopelessly out of her depth. She hired expensive accountants who advised her that she had no hope of success.
‘Her big mistake was not to go to Mr Sless and say I’ve been stupid and I’d let you down. She had no hope of paying it all back. ‘
Caplan had previously admitted a case of fraud and was sentenced to five and a quarter years in prison.
Judge Sheridan said: ‘I am not able to tell the truth about how many times he has exploited your sexual services.
‘It was at least six times, but I’m strongly suspicious of it given the extremely large numbers in this scam. This had all the hallmarks of a business event, and if it was business, it was certainly not done properly. ‘
A weeping Caplan remained standing in the quay before waving to her mother, who was sitting in the public gallery, and telling her to pass on her love to her daughter.