Reggio Calabria

Italian police arrest 17 city employees for skipping work

Another 78 cited in Reggio Calabria for 'organized absenteeism'

Italian police arrest 17 city employees for skipping work

Reggio Calabria, April 9 - Police in the southern Calabria region on Tuesday placed 17 city employees under house arrest and cited 78 more in Reggio Calabria for long-term and organized absenteeism. The bust, codenamed 'I'll be right back', caught the workers on video handing off IDs and time cards to be fraudulently swiped by delegated employees for the day, allowing numerous workers to skip work while still getting paid, police said. Employees are accused of taking day-long coffee breaks, shopping for groceries on the job and stepping out to pick up children from school and never coming back. Last October, the public administration of Reggio Calabria was dissolved for mafia connections, the first time the Italian government applied such a measure to a provincial capital. Since then employees there have been answering to a caretaker administration.

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