A Texas man has been charged with felony theft after investigators linked him to a plot to steal more than $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.
When former Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department employee Gilberto Escaramillo missed work one day in August, a delivery driver called the kitchen about having 800 pounds of fajitas to drop off.
“The driver was informed that the juvenile department did not serve the Tex-Mex food. That is when the driver said he had been delivering it for nine years,” Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.
“When Mr. Escaramilla reported to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion, and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years,” Saenz said.
Escaramilla was fired and arrested after investigators obtained a search warrant and found packages of the Tex-Mex food in his refrigerator, Saenz explained.
They checked invoices and determined he would intercept county-funded food deliveries and deliver them to his own customers. Escaramilla was arrested on a felony theft charge.
It was determined he stole $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.
“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,” Saenz said.
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