Paramedic accused of stealing, using dead man’s credit card

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SANTA FE, N.M. – Authorities say a New Mexico paramedic stole a debit card from a man getting treatment and used it to spend more than $11,000 after the patient died.

Police arrested Michael John Harcharik after Allan Pearson’s daughter noticed multiple purchases on her father’s account, including a riding lawn mower.

Police believe Harcharik stole the card when paramedics went to Pearson’s Santa Fe home after he was found unresponsive March 25.

Rebecca Pearson says she’d written her father’s PIN number on his debit card.

Harcharik was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Joseph Walsh, an attorney who represented Harcharik during an initial court appearance, declined to comment Wednesday on the allegations.

A call to a phone number listed under Harcharik’s name wasn’t immediately returned.

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