Paramedic steals patient’s credit card and uses it to make $11,000 in purchases after the man died

Michael John Harcharik 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A family who was devastated over the loss of their father, soon learned that he was robbed by a man who was supposed to help save his life.

The paramedic of New Mexico, was arrested after he stole a credit card of a man getting treatment and used it after the man died.

Police in Santa Fe, said that Michael John Harcharik, 31, made purchases of more than $11,000 on the credit card that belonged to Allan Pearson.

Police arrested Harcharik, after the daughter of Pearson realized that there had been multiple transactions on the card after her father’s death, including cash withdrawals and purchases of a lawn mower, boots, dog food and auto parts.

Police believe Harcharik stole the card while working as a paramedic as he was dispatched to the home of the 76-year-old man.

Pearson was found unconscious and he died of complications from diabetes. Rebecca Pearson told police that he had written the PIN code for her father on his credit card.

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

City spokesman Matt Ross said that Harcharik, will remain an employee during the investigation, but he will have no interaction with the public as he was placed on alternate duty.