2006_12_atmcard.jpgYesterday, a mortuary technician for the medical examiner's office was charged with using a dead man's ATM card and stealing about $3,000 from the man's account. Philip Bethune of Brooklyn got a hold of the card when he was sent to transport a body from Kensington back to the morgue. But he also rifled through the man's wallet, finding the ATM card with PIN number (! another reason NOT to have your PIN number in your wallet).

The man's widow found charges on the ATM card, and called the NYPD's Internal Affairs, suspecting a cop (!) was behind it. But when police looked at security tape, they found Bethune instead, making withdrawals from the ATM across the morgue.

Back in September, a police officer had taken credit cards while investigating the deaths of elderly people.