A Uniondale man was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday for ripping off nearly $500,000 in prize money from jazz legend Cecil Taylor, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said.

Noel Muir, 55, a contractor, had allegedly befriended Taylor, 85, while working on a neighboring brownstone in Fort Greene, and then took advantage by having a 2013 half-million dollar Kyoto Prize from Japan’s Inamori Foundation deposited into his bank account.

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Muir had accompanied Taylor to Japan to receive and arrange for payment of the award, but then depleted the funds. He pleaded guilty last month to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. He has repaid $200,000 and agreed to repay an additional $292,722, prosecutors said.

“This defendant shamefully bilked an elderly, vulnerable man out of a half of a million dollars,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson. Muir “pretended to be Cecil Taylor’s friend, but this guilty plea and sentence show that he was just a thief.”