Italian man paid for 15 years despite never showing up for work

He’s called the “king of absentees” for a reason.

A hospital worker in Italy allegedly skipped work for 15 years — racking in a whopping €538,000 ($647,187) over the course of time — despite never stepping a day back in the office, according to reports.

The Guardian reported police in Italy said the hospital worker stopped going to work at Pugliese Ciaccio hospital in Catanzaro — a Calabrian city — in 2005.

The 67-year-old was a civil servant, and started working at the hospital 15 years ago, but quickly after stopped showing up, police said.

He’s accused of threatening his then manager from filing a disciplinary report against him. The police added that when the manager later retired, the worker fell through the cracks and his attendance was never checked by the manager’s successor or human resources.

The worker faces charges of abuse of office, forgery and aggravated extortion, according to the report. Six managers are also under investigation for allegedly having played a role in the elaborate absentee scheme.

The sting is part of an ongoing investigation nicknamed “Part Time,” which police say includes attendant and salary records in addition to witness statements from former colleagues, the Guardian reported.