In this 2016 Huffington Post article, it says:

For six years, a building supervisor in Spain quietly collected a $41,500 salary from his local government without showing up for work.

And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for him getting an award for his 20 years of loyal service.

Joaquín García, 69, was recently fined $30,000 for the extended paid vacation from a water treatment plant in Cádiz -- the maximum penalty government officials could deliver, the BBC reported.

Is it true nobody noticed him not working for 6 years?

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    Why do you doubt it, and what would you consider proof? The referenced El Mundo article says effectively the same stuff as the one you linked, and apparently El Mundo is one of the three Spanish newspapers of record. Could it have been intentional? Of course, his brother-in-law is a politician. Was it intentional? Who knows. I've definitely worked at places where everyone would file a missing overseer under Someone Else's Problem and move on with their days, so I think this sorta stuff is small potatoes for any investigative journalist
    – user25972
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 16:37
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    There is a lawsuit. I doubt the spanish legal system don't have a search function. I know zero of spanish, though. Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 17:04
  • Similar thing happened in the US. If I'm not mistaken in New York
    – slebetman
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 5:27

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Not only YES, but Super Yes

The public worker, named Joaquín García, has "not been working" for 14 years for the public administration in Cadiz. His job was a quiet one, as his department ( public infraestructure and services) is an overexpanded one with too many engineering supervisors to notice ( words of his direct boss). Given that, every morning since his prior boss started a mobbing strategy on him, he came in, checked with the checking machine, went home, came back to breakfast with the coworkers, and then checked out at exit time.

El Mundo, important spanish newspaper

The Spanish Economist

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