According to a report, a hospital worker in Italy is under investigation for allegedly having been absent from work for 15 years and yet continuing to receive a salary.
The unnamed worker, referred to by the Italian press as the “king of the absentees,” is said to have earned € 538,000 or about $ 647,000 in total after being assigned as a civil servant to Pugliese Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro in 2005. the southern region of the country, BBC News reported, citing the Ansa news agency.
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The 67-year-old employee and six hospital managers are under investigation by police for fraud, abuse of office and extortion, which is part of a larger investigation into public sector fraud in the country.
He has also been accused of threatening the former hospital director to dissuade her from reporting him, the BBC reported. After she retired, neither her replacement nor staff noticed his absence, police reportedly said.
Missing work is a common problem in the country’s public sector, according to The Guardian.
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A study of absenteeism in Italy found that women used their husbands’ employee ID cards to get them to work and others clocked before canoeing, shopping or taking a nap, according to The Guardian.