Guardia di Finanza, the Italian financial guard, said in a press release that Salvatore Scumace is being investigated for forgery, extortion and abuse of power.
The police claimed that since 2005, Scumace was a “continuous absentee” at Pugliese Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro, where he works.
Officials said Scumace collected more than 538,000 euros ($648,000) in salary during the alleged truancy.
The police said that Scumace and his six superiors have been investigated.
According to the police, Scumace blackmailed his boss to escape a decade and a half of negligence.
The officer checked attendance records, was on duty, and listened to statements from his colleagues and superiors.
The case is part of a wider investigation into absenteeism by government employees.
The police told CNN that the investigation into Scumace has ended. He has not yet been arrested.
The police told CNN that Scumace now has 20 days to submit a briefing or be questioned. The prosecutor will then decide whether to request a prosecution.
CNN has contacted Luca de Munda, Scumace’s legal representative, who stated that he had not spoken to the client and therefore could not comment.
The police said that the investigation of his boss had also ended and no one was arrested.