A finance manager at Birmingham City Council has pleaded guilty to the theft of more than £1m of public money that was to be spent on old people's homes.
John Musisi Kaduwanema, 27, admitted ten counts of theft from the authority during a court hearing on Wednesday.
The charges involved dishonestly obtaining money transfers by deception.
Kaduwanema from Cannock, Staffordshire, asked for another 14 offences to be taken into consideration. He is due to be sentenced next month.
The council worker appeared in court via video-link and spoke only to confirm his name and enter the guilty pleas.
The individual money transfers ranged from £6,000 in May 2005 to £285,000 in February this year.
Defence counsel Robert Cowley said realisable assets worth £989,255 had been identified in order to compensate for the money taken.