A hospital worker in Italy is under investigation for allegedly skipping work for 15 years while still receiving a salary, according to a report.
The anonymous worker, described as “king of the absent” by the Italian press, is said to have earned € 538,000, or about $ 647,000 in total, after being assigned as a civil servant at the Pugliese Ciaccio de Catanzaro hospital in the southern region of country in 2005, BBC News reported, citing the Ansa news agency.
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The 67-year-old worker and six hospital executives are under police investigation for fraud, abuse of power and extortion, part of a larger investigation into fraud in the country’s public sector .
He was also accused of threatening the former hospital director to prevent him from reporting him, the BBC reported. After his retirement, neither his replacement nor his human resources noticed his absences, according to the police.
Lack of work is a common problem in the country’s public sector, according to The Guardian.
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An absenteeism survey in Italy found that women used their husbands’ staff cards to clock in at work and others clocked in before canoeing, shopping or taking a nap, according to The Guardian.
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