Officials: Trolley Driver Paid Man $2K to Attack Him on Job

An MBTA trolley operator was indicted on charges that he hired an acquaintance to attack him on the job so he could fraudulently collect workers' compensation.

Authorities say a Massachusetts trolley driver paid a man $2,000 to attack him while wearing a Halloween mask so the driver could fraudulently collect workers' compensation and disability insurance.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Thomas Lucey on charges of insurance fraud, workers' compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation and perjury.

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Prosecutors say the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority driver reported the man pulled him out of a trolley shortly after midnight on Oct. 30, 2016, and punched him repeatedly. The attacker wore a mask and carried a plastic pumpkin.

Authorities say they got fingerprints off the pumpkin, which was left behind, and found the man that way.

He said Lucey paid him for the phony attack.