A Newmarket man financed his gambling addiction by stealing the bank details of his friends and work colleagues.
Christopher Ellis, 32, also spent some of the £9,198 be obtained on theatre and Manchester United match tickets, a court was told.
Ellis, of Exning Road, was caught when he used a woman’s bank card to pay a £119 council tax instalment to Forest Heath District Council, Ipswich Crown Court was told on Tuesday.
Some of the offences were committed while Ellis was working as a cook at a Loch Fyne restaurant from where he was sacked when his offending came to light, and others at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
He admitted four offences of fraud between November 22, 2011 and April 22, this year and one offence of theft committed between January 18 and January 31.
Prosecutor Robert Sadd said Ellis had stolen bank cards and account details from friends and work colleagues. The theft offence had involved £2,295 from the till at Anglia Ruskin University where he falsified refunds.
The court that Ellis had a previous conviction for using another person’s bank details to obtain £900.
Mitigating, Hugh Vass said: “His gambling addiction led him to act in a way can only be described as thoroughly dishonest.”
He said it had been inevitable that Ellis was going to get caught and he had begun taking steps to deal with his gambling problem.
Ellis was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and will remain under probation service supervision for 18 months.