WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Netflix streaming series revisits a national case that involved a caller, that for years, would impersonate a police officer to coerce fast food managers to do illegal strip searches on their employees while he stayed on the line. The three-part true crime show features the Police Chief of West Bridgewater, Victor Flaherty, as one of the lead investigators on the case that spanned from 1994 to 2004.
"They were going to do it with or without me. I'm glad I did it to get the actual real facts, and if it helped the victims, I'm glad I did it," Flaherty said.
Flaherty seemingly cracked the case, tracking the hoax calls to one suspect: a correctional officer Florida. That suspect was only charged in the state of Kentucky, despite calls coming into restaurants nationwide, including four in Massachusetts. In his trial, the sole suspect of the calls was acquitted by a jury.
"He targeted, this was power, and he had authority over them, and he enjoyed it. Obviously, in a sick way. Cruel, demeaning— these were awful cases," Flaherty said.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.