Derek Offord is accused of helping himself to antiques, jewellery and other items worth tens of thousands of pounds while working for Portsmouth City Council.
A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court heard that the 59-year-old kept the property, which should have been handed to the authority.
In one case he allegedly made thousands of pounds by auctioning valuable stamp collections owned by David Bradley, 62, of Romsey Avenue, Milton, who had died of cancer.
Offord was suspended from his job and arrested when a junior employee, liaison officer Robyn Clark, turned whistleblower in June 2010.
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