Hospital safety officer took salary for 15 years without ever working

Hospital fire safety officer ‘took a salary for 15 years despite NEVER turning up for work’ in Italy

  • Salvatore Scumace, 66, allegedly cost the state €538,000 (£464,410) 
  • ‘Falsely claimed to work as a fire safety officer in the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital’
  • Allegedly only seen at hospital once – on the day he signed contract in 2005

An Italian hospital safety officer nicknamed the ‘King of absenteeism’ has been accused of taking a salary for 15 years without ever turning up for work.

Public health worker Salvatore Scumace, 66, allegedly cost the state €538,000 (£464,410) as he falsely claimed to work as a fire safety officer in the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro for 15 years. 

He was only seen at the hospital once – on the day he went to sign his work contract in 2005, according to The Telegraph. 

Public health worker Salvatore Scumace, 66, allegedly cost the state €538,000 (£464,410) as he falsely claimed to work as a fire safety officer in the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital (pictured) in Catanzaro for 15 years

Scumace has been charged with aggravated extortion, fraud and abuse of office.

He allegedly threatened the directors of the hospital by telling them their relatives would be hurt if they turned him in. 

When police compared a list of the hospital’s workers with shifts they had been present for, they found a discrepancy with Scumace and his salary.

He was fired last September and has been charged with aggravated extortion, fraud and abuse of office.  

He was only seen at the hospital (pictured) once – on the day he went to sign his work contract in 2005. Scumace is not pictured

Six of his superiors, Nino Critelli, 66, Vittorio Prejanò, 64, Maria Pia De Vito, 68, Domenico Canino, 62, Laura Fondacaro, 52, and Antonio Molè, 53, are also under investigation. 

Another 57 employees supposedly working at the hospital have been fired recently for not showing up and are under investigation.

And those who skived off work were reportedly seen drinking in bars and playing slot machines.  

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