The jewellery was stored in a locked drawer at the home of the man in the Waldviertel in Upper Austria when the 48-year-old Romanian carer was asked to look after him, because he needed 24-hour care.
She had been working for an agency at the time but after pocketing the valuables from his home, she went back to Romania.
She tearfully told the judge in Austria that she had been forced to leave the man, who was without food and water for two days, because of a crisis back home and denied that she had stolen the valuables.
The woman, who was not named, insisted that she had looked after the man properly, and told the agency that she needed to leave early because her husband had become depressed and had threatened to commit suicide.
However Facebook pictures showed her daughter back in Romania wearing the jewellery of the dead man's wife, and as a result she was convicted of theft and neglecting her duty of care, and given the jail term.
The court heard that the man had been left without any food or drink, no medicine and was unable to go to the bathroom.
Story courtesy of Central European News.