An ex-police worker, who obtained more than £30,000 through deception and theft, applied for his MBE himself, Norwich Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
Michael Eke, 38, of March, Cambs, has admitted seven counts of theft and four counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.
Eke was a stationery stores manager for Cambs Police until he was arrested and suspended in February 2005.
A former leader of March Air Training Corps, Eke received an MBE in 2003.
He was given the award for his services to the community.
In admitting he applied for the MBE, Eke pleaded guilty to using a false instrument with intent, which refers to a Cabinet Office Nomination for a UK National Honours Form which he knew or believed to be fake between 28 January, 2002, and 7 November, 2003.
Eke, who was among 140 people chosen to carry the Olympic torch on the London leg of its 78-day journey to the Athens Games in 2004, has admitted charges including the theft of laptop computers and digital cameras from Cambridgeshire Police.
He has also pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception by using false information on an application form to the force.
He also admitted obtaining a money transfer by deception in relation to a grant obtained from Awards For All for an Arts festival to celebrate the Golden Jubilee.
The court heard that Eke used his job to help steal four laptop computers to the value of more than £5,000.
He also obtained grants from arts and other organisations to the values of about £25,000 by deception.
Judge Paul Downes adjourned sentencing until 3 October for reports.