Former MBTA trolley driver convicted of staging Halloween attack to collect worker’s compensation
A former MBTA trolley driver who paid a man $2,000 to attack him with a trick-or-treat plastic pumpkin while the assailant wore a Michael Myers mask is now serving a three year state prison sentence imposed Friday following convictions for perjury and stealing worker’s compensation.
Thomas Lucey was convicted by a Suffolk Superior Court jury last week on five counts of worker’s compensation fraud, two counts of insurance fraud, misleading police, and making a false statement under penalties of perjury for the attack that was staged before midnight on Oct. 29, 2016, according to court records. Halloween was two days later.
Following the guilty verdict, Superior Court Judge Michael D. Ricciuti immediately sentenced the 47-year-old Saugus man to three years and one day in state prison, meaning he must serve the full three years and one day before being released, officials said.
In a statement, MBTA general manager Steve Poftak called Lucey’s actions an “egregious breach of the public trust and a disservice to the thousands of MBTA employees who work hard every day to deliver safe and reliable transit services.”.
In a statement, Poftak thanked Transit Police investigators and the Suffolk district attorney’s office for successfully prosecuting the case.
According to the Department of Correction, Lucey on Monday is in the Reception Center at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole, where newly sentenced prisoners are classified and then sent to prisons around the state.
According to court records, Lucey met with a friend at the Hooters restaurant in Saugus on Oct. 26, 2016, where Lucey paid the man $2,000 to stage the assault, which they planned to take place three days later. Bank records showed withdrawals and deposits consistent with the transaction, according to court records.
Shortly before midnight on Oct. 29, Lucey stopped the Red Line trolley he was operating at the Cedar Grove station in Dorchester, where the man was waiting as previously arranged. The man was wearing the mask, dark overalls, and gloves, and was carrying an orange plastic trick or treat pumpkin, records show.
The two staged an argument and the man hit Lucey in the head while in the trolley and then dragged him out of the vehicle where he pretended to once again hit Lucey, records show. The assailant then ran off — but left the trick-or-treat pumpkin behind.
Transit Police eventually checked the pumpkin for prints and they matched Lucey’s friend and when confronted, he agreed to assist law enforcement and was not charged, records show.
Lucey was indicted in 2018, records show.
The defendant claimed that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from the attack and that he was unable to work for the T due to concerns about his personal safety, according to court records. He collected about $62,000 in T worker’s compensation and insurance company payments, according to Suffolk Superior Court records.