Santa Fe paramedic accused of stealing from dead patient

Michael Harcharik
Michael Harcharik

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe paramedic is facing serious charges and will not be heading out to rescue calls anytime soon after police say he charged more than $11,000 on a dead patient’s debit card.

Police say 31-year-old Michael Harcharik stole the man’s card when he was dispatched to his home on March 25. They say he then used it at places like Walmart and Auto Zone, even buying himself a $1,600 riding lawnmower.

Investigators say the dead man’s daughter went to close his bank account and found his debit card had been used several times after he died. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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