Former staffers at medical examiner’s office facing federal charges for allegedly stealing from the dead
Authorities say two former technicians from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner are facing federal charges for allegedly stealing credit and debit cards from the dead.
Authorities say the staffers, Charles McFadgen and Willie Garcon, racked up thousands of dollars on purchases that included travel flights as well as items one would pick up at a local CVS.
According to court documents, Garcon was employed at the OCME between May of 2018 to July of 2020, and also worked at the Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Garcon was arrested in May of 2020 in New Jersey and was found with possessions that belonged to four people who died that were in OCME’s custody, according to court documents.
McFadgen was also employed at the OCME between 2003 to 2016, until his retirement.
News 12 is told an investigation revealed that Garcon made nearly $6,500 in purchases.
News 12 is also told McFadgen had admitted during his employment to have used debit and credit cards he knew he had stolen--making nearly $13,000 in unauthorized purchases, stolen from five descendants that were in OCME’s custody at the time.
Both appeared before a judge Tuesday and were released on bond. They remain on pre-trial services.
News 12 reached out to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner and say learned of the arrests on Tuesday.