A public sector worker described by Italian media as the “king of job evasion” has not been to work for a day in 15 years and is paid in full. Police said the unnamed man had not continued his work at Pugliese Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro since 2005, but the hospital worker continued to be paid a monthly salary totaling 538,000 euros.
According to local media reports, a hospital worker in Italy received a total salary of 538,000 euros despite not going to work for 15 years.
However, the man, now 67, faces charges of misconduct, forgery, and aggravated extortion. Six executives have also been investigated on suspicion of enabling Italy’s widespread absence from the public sector.
In the investigation, codenamed “Part-Time,” police collected statements from the man’s colleagues, as well as data from attendance and salary records. In 2005, the man allegedly made threats against the hospital manager to prevent him from preparing a disciplinary report due to his absence.
Police said then the absence of the “king of escape from work” continued unabated and he retired and was never controlled by the manager’s successor or human resources department.
Meanwhile, the Italian government tightened laws on public workers in 2016 after several police investigations revealed how widespread absenteeism is in the public sector.
In a different investigation into Sanremo’s municipality, he used hidden cameras to trap 35 employees who hadn’t been to work in years. The wives of two of the employees were caught using their husband’s staff cards. Thus, in the system, these workers appeared to have been in and out of work for years.