A man has been accused of not showing up to work for over 15 years while pocketing his full salary the entire time.
66-year-old Salvatore Scumace, a hospital safety worker, cost the Italian state €538,000 after failing to show up when he landing the job in 2005.
He falsely claimed to work as a fire officer in the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro. He is now being investigation for fraud, extortion and abuse of office.
Scumace’s colleagues only saw him once, on the day he signed his contract.
Six managers at the Italian hospital, Domenico Canino, 62, Nino Critelli, 66, Vittorio Prejanò, 64, Maria Pia De Vito, 68, Laura Fondacaro, 52, and Antonio Molè, 53, are also under investigation in relation to the case.
Scumace also allegedly threatened the family of hospital directors and threatened to hurt them if he was found out.
The arrests are the result of a lengthy “police investigation into absenteeism and suspected fraud in the Italian public sector.
It was also reported that 57 other employees working at the hospital have recently been fired for failing to show up for work.
Officials believe that the issue highlights Italy’s problem with public service absenteeism.