Back in October, someone wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a plastic pumpkin boarded a trolley at Cedar Grove station around midnight and attacked the driver. According to WCVB, Thomas Lucey, 46, reported to the police that he was pulled from the trolley and repeatedly punched.
Well, the MBTA police found the plastic pumpkin, dusted it for fingerprints and figured out the alleged attacker was actually a friend of the driver. Eventually Lucey, told the police that he paid his friend $2000 to fake the attack. Bank records and phone records support this story.
Lucey also made some false statements on paperwork in order to get workers’ compensation payments and began collecting long-term disability insurance, for “post-traumatic stress.”
Lucey was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury. The charges include insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation and perjury. He is schedule to be arraigned on March 20.