An accountant got a woman client into trouble with the Inland Revenue when he stole her money.
Michael Kenvyn’s crime was uncovered when the Inland Revenue came after his client demanding money she owed.
Kenvyn, 53, of Springfield Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to theft.
He was ordered to pay full compensation of £852 to his victim by Blackpool magistrates who imposed no other penalty.
Daniel Harman, defending, described it as a very sad case as Kenvyn had now lost his good character.
Mr Harman added: “He is extremely ashamed of what happened.
“He worked as an accountant for many years, but then suffered depression and anxiety and lost his job.
“For a professional like him this could have a catastrophic effect on his future employment.
“He was given a conditional caution, but could simply not get the money together in time.”