Employee at Italian hospital skipped work for more than 15 years

A hospital employee in Italy is accused of being paid for 15 years despite never showing up for work, investigators said.

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Salvatore Scumace, 66, is being investigated for fraud, extortion and abuse of office after being assigned a job with the Ciaccio hospital in 2005 that he never showed up for, Italian media outlet Ansa reported.

Still, he was paid about $648,000 over that time.

He is also accused of threatening a manager to stop her from filing a report against him. She later retired, and his serial absenteeism went unnoticed by her replacements.

Six other managers are also under investigation.