A hospital worker in Italy is being investigated for giving up work for 15 years while still receiving a salary, according to a report.
The unnamed worker, called the “king of the absent” by the Italian press, reportedly earned 538,000 euros or about $ 647,000 in total after being assigned as a civil servant at the Pugliese Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro in the southern region of 2005. BBC News reported, citing the Ansa news agency.
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The 67-year-old worker and six hospital managers are being investigated by police for fraud, abuse of office and extortion, which is part of a larger investigation into public sector fraud in the country.
He was also accused of threatening the former hospital director to prevent her from reporting him, the BBC reported. After she retired, neither her replacement nor her human resources noticed her absences, police said.
Lack of work is a common problem in the country’s public sector, according to The Guardian.
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