Italy places public employees under investigation after a 67-year-old who never worked was paid $650,000 in salary

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Italian authorities have positioned six public hospital employees in Southern Italy under investigation for abuse of workplace after they allegedly allowed a 67-year-old to be paid a complete of 538,000 euros (US$650,000) in salary over 15 years with out ever working.

The suspect, described by the Italian press as “king of absentees,” can be under investigation for alleged fraud and aggravated extortion, AP reported. Italian police mentioned in a assertion that the person allegedly had somebody threaten a hospital superior in 2005 to maintain him on the payroll. Subsequent superiors then did not take motion or sanction him even after launching an inside investigation.

Police say the suspect was formally employed in 2005 in the hearth security division of the Pugliese-Ciaccio public hospital in Catanzaro and earned 538,000 euros salary over the next 15 years. They say they cross-referenced work schedules, cellphone information and testimony from fellow hospital staff to find out he never worked.

Six managers on the hospital are additionally being investigated in reference to the alleged absenteeism.

Two of the managers have been a part of a fee of inquiry launched by the hospital that, regardless of what the police mentioned was ample proof, decided the suspect could not be disciplined. He was ultimately formally fired in October.

The arrests are the results of a prolonged police investigation into absenteeism and suspected fraud in the Italian public sector.

In one other case, a police officer was filmed clocking on for work in his underwear as a result of he lived in the identical constructing he worked in, the Guardian reported. He was acquitted of accusations of fraud final yr, in keeping with the report.