MBTA operator indicted for allegedly staging fake assault to collect workers’ comp

BOSTON (WHDH) – An MBTA trolley driver was indicted on fraud charges after he allegedly staged a phony assault to collect money.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said 46-year-old Thomas Lucey, of Saugus, was fraudulently collecting workers’ compensation and disability insurance after he staged an attack back in Oct. 2016.

Police said Lucey paid a friend $2,000 to dress in a “Michael Myers” Halloween costume and “attack” him while on the job at the Cedar Grove Station in Mattapan. Investigators then identified Lucey’s friend through fingerprints lifted from a plastic pumpkin that was left behind following the attack.

Investigators spoke with Lucey’s friend about the attack and corroborated his story by bank records and phone records that showed communication between the two before and after the assault.

Lucey is charged with insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation and perjury. He is slated for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on March 20.

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