An Italian man accused of not working for the last 15 years is now facing extortion

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  • An Italian man has lived his dream for the last 15 years.

  • Officials say he raised a monthly salary for a hospital job that hasn’t appeared since 2005.

  • But now the man is facing charges of fraud and extortion after a long investigation into absenteeism.

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An Italian man living in the southern city of Catanzaro has raised hundreds of thousands of euros from his work as a hospital worker over the past 15 years.

The only problem?

Authorities say he hasn’t worked since 2005.

The man, who was called the “King of the Absents” by the Italian press, has been accused of skipping work for the past decade and a half while collecting the full amount. According to BBC News..

Salvatores Kumas, now 66, is said to have stopped working as a civil servant at Chacho Hospital in 2005. The Italian news agency Ansa reported.

Fifteen years later, he faced charges of fraud, abuse of authority, and exacerbation of blackmail. The Guardian reported. Authorities accused Scumache of threatening his manager, then hospital director, to prevent him from taking disciplinary action against his absenteeism.

When his manager retired, Scumace was able to continue his absenteeism continuation, as his attendance was never checked by the director’s successor or personnel.

According to the Guardian, six hospital managers have also been investigated on suspicion of enabling a man’s school refusal, an ongoing problem in the Italian public sector.

The BBC reported that his arrest was the result of a long codename part-time police investigation initiated by Italian authorities investigating public sector absenteeism and fraud.

Authorities filed a proceeding using salary and attendance records and witness statements from colleagues.

Italian government 2016 The purpose was to prevent widespread absenteeism among national civil servants.

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