A Cash Converters employee in Bury St Edmunds who stole more than £28,000 has been jailed after failing to comply with his suspended sentence.
Joseph Dacus, 23, took the money in a bid to allow him to keep up with the spending and lifestyle of his friends.
He admitted a charge of theft from an employer and was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence in December, with a condition to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and attend appointments with the probation service.
But Dacus, of Westward Deals, Kedington, completed just 28 hours unpaid work and missed two probation service appointments.
He was jailed for 14 months at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.
When Ducas appeared in court last year it emerged he falsified records for the price he obtained for items and had pocketed the difference.
Investigators discovered that Dacus was spending more on taxi fares to work than he earned while Duncan O’Donnell, in mitigation, said Dacus had tried to keep pace with the spending of friends.