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An Italian teacher who took nearly 800 days off from work over the course of three years because he was supposedly either sick or looking after his kids has been busted doing something else the whole time.
So, before we start, let's just do a little bit of maths. That was what the man in question taught, after all.
There are 1095 days in three years.
Then factor in the fact that 312 of those days are either Saturday or Sunday. Consider that there's at least three Christmas Days, three New Year's Days, and a whole host of other public holidays.
Now, consider that this teacher from Sicily took 769 days off.
Basically, he didn't work a single day at the job that he was employed to do.
But - I hear you ask - what was he actually doing then?
Well, he was earning a wage as a consultant, effectively getting paid for two jobs whilst only working one.
The 47-year-old was supposed to be working at the Istituto Tecnico in Pordenone, but spent much of the three-year-long period claiming to have been sick, or caring for his kids.
Despite the family doctor in his home town of Agrigento having signed off what appeared to be legitimate medical paperwork, his vexed colleagues eventually decided to call the cops and get to the bottom of his absences.
To their great surprise, it transpired that he'd been working as a consultant on the days that he'd claimed to have been either on dad duty or in his sick bed.
Needless to say, that's massively illegal.
Whilst claiming his pay from the school, he was travelling around Italy working for a variety of companies, pocketing about 97,000 euros - or around £83,000 - along the way.
After the police meticulously pieced together his movements through things like motorway toll payments and hotel bookings, they unearthed the truth of his deception.
During his time at the school, he had also claimed for sickness and childcare benefits of around 13,000 euros (£11,000).
Now, a judge has ruled that the money that he has claimed is to be seized.
It's hard to disagree with that ruling.
The lawyer representing the teacher has since requested that the trial be moved to Sicily, but the judge has dismissed that request.
It remains to be seen what exactly will happen to the man, but you can presumably guess that he'll be turning up for the proceedings.
No-one would believe his excuses if he didn't.
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