A former NHS trust chief executive has admitted securing a £115,000-a-year job by falsely claiming to be a graduate.
Neil Taylor will be sentenced at a later hearing
Neil Taylor produced a bogus degree certificate to land the position as head of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust in 2003.
Taylor, 42, of Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.
Taylor also admitted trying to commit the same crime. He resigned in October.
'Made up' logo
John Snell, prosecuting, told the court Taylor had been the chief executive of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital before it merged with the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in October 2003.
Mr Snell described how Taylor, of School Lane, lied about having a first class degree from the University of Nottingham in a successful bid to head the newly merged trust.
Taylor also stated he was a graduate of the Institute of Personnel Development at Nottingham, despite the fact no such course was on offer there.
Ms Snell described how the ex-NHS administrator did eventually produce a certificate, but it was quite clear from the nature of it the logo was "made up".
Defence solicitor Adrian Roberts said his client had landed the job because of the excellent reputation he built up while chief executive of Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
"He was led into making these assertions - on the one hand that he had got a first degree and on the other by producing a false certificate - because of the pressure that he was under from the hospitals merging," Mr Roberts said.
"He's a man of positive good character who has done what can only be described as an excellent job in sometimes difficult circumstances.
"He has lied because he was embarrassed about his lack of formal qualifications, but he was perfectly capable of doing the job he was paid for."
Magistrates granted Taylor unconditional bail, but they agreed to the prosecution's request that sentencing should take place at Shrewsbury Crown Court because of the seriousness of the offences.
The date of the hearing has yet to be fixed.