Daily US Times: An Italian hospital employee has been accused of skipping work on full pay for 15 years, according to local media.
The employee is accused to have stopped turning up to work at the Ciaccio hospital in the southern city of Catanzaro in 2005.
He is now being investigated for extortion and abuse of office and fraud, Italian news agency Ansa reports.
He was reportedly paid €538,000 in total over the years he is thought not to have been working.
Six managers at the hospital are also under investigation in connection with the alleged absenteeism.
The arrests are the result of a lengthy police investigation into suspected fraud and absenteeism in the Italian public sector.
The hospital employee was a civil servant, and was assigned to a job in the Ciaccio hospital in 2005. It was at this point he stopped going into work in the hospital, the police said.
The police have also accused the employee of threatening his manager to stop her from filing a disciplinary report against him.
Police added that the manager later retired and his ongoing absence was never noticed by her successor or human resources.
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