A 49-year-old Baton Rouge man admitted Friday in federal court that he stole more than $70,000 from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and other health care centers in the state.

Larry Dale Butler, the former director of facilities at Mary Bird Perkins, also worked at the Louisiana Health Coop., a nonprofit health insurance company in Covington.

Butler pleaded guilty Friday in Baton Rouge federal court to wire fraud and false representation of a Social Security number.

He admitted defrauding the cancer center and the cooperative from July 2013 through last August.

Federal prosecutors said Butler used false documentation to conceal his criminal history and obtain the pay and benefits associated with being employed by the victims. His criminal past includes convictions for fraud, his indictment stated.

Butler also stole from the victims through the misuse of company credit cards for personal expenses including furniture, travel and meals, prosecutors said.

He was accused of charging more than $16,000 for personal items using Mary Bird Perkins credit cards. The purchases came to light only after Butler told the cancer center in August that he had another job. The center fired him.

Butler has agreed to forfeit the proceeds of his fraud.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles did not set a sentencing date for Butler.