Former paramedic wants sentence reduced after stealing dead patient’s debit card

Michael Harcharik
Michael Harcharik

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Santa Fe paramedic who charged more than $11,000 on a dead patient’s debit card wants a lighter sentence.

Michael Harcharik stole the man’s card when he was dispatched to his home last year. Harcharik used it at Walmart and AutoZone, even buying himself a $1,600 riding lawnmower.

Harcharik pleaded no contest to identity theft — a felony — earlier this year and was sentenced to five years probation.

Now, his attorney has filed a motion asking a judge to grant a conditional discharge, which would drop the felony conviction if Harcharik successfully completes probation.

His attorney says the felony conviction prevents his client from providing for his family and staying employed.

A hearing on the motion is set for next week. 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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