Man allegedly pocketed nearly $650K despite not showing up for work in 15 years

He didn’t just take the day — he took all of them.

A hospital employee in Italy has been accused of pocketing roughly $648,000 in salary over 15 years despite never showing up for work, authorities said.

Dubbed the “king of absentees,” Salvatore Scumace, 66, now faces charges of abuse of office, forgery and aggravated extortion over the alleged scheme, Italian news agency Ansa reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Scumace stopped showing up to his gig as a safety officer at the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro after he was put on the books in 2005.

The chronic no-show allegedly threatened the hospital director to prevent her from reporting his absences, the Guardian reported.

After her retirement, Scumace continued to cash his paychecks — as his absenteeism went unnoticed by both the new director and the human resources department, the report said.

Six managers or staffers at the hospital are also being investigated on suspicion of having played a role in enabling Scumace to skip work.

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