MADRID —A civil servant in Spain didn't show up for work for six years, and no one noticed until he was about to receive an award for loyal service.
Now, a Spanish court in Cadiz has ruled that he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages.
The ruling says the employee of a city-owned water utility didn't appear at the office for up to six years and "did absolutely no work" from 2007 to 2010 prior to his retirement in 2011.
The ruling issued last month and provided to The Associated Press Friday did not specify how the worker's absence went undetected for so long.
The decision marked the end of legal process lasting years after Cadiz city officials sought the penalty and the worker appealed it.
The ruling says the civil servant cannot be named because of a Spanish privacy law.