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$1.2M Fajitas Theft Leads to Texas County Worker's Arrest

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A Texas juvenile detention center worker is accused in the theft of $1.2 million in fajitas. (Natalia Lisovskaya/Dreamstime)

By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 05:54 PM

The alleged theft of $1.2 million in fajitas has landed a former juvenile detention worker with his own felony charge.

According to The Brownsville Herald, Gilberto Escaramillo was not at work one day in August when a delivery driver called the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in Texas about a shipment of 800 pounds of fajitas to the facility. A woman at the department told the driver they didn’t serve fajitas at the facility, but he told her he had been making the deliveries for the last nine years.

When Escaramillo was confronted the next day, he admitted he had been intercepting the county-funded shipments for the previous nine years and selling the fajitas to his own customers, the Herald reported.

Police then searched his residence and reportedly found packages of fajitas there.

Escaramillo was fired and arrested for felony theft. A study of the department’s financial records showed he stole $1,251,578 in fajitas, the Herald reported.

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a 'Saturday Night Live' skit. But this is the real thing,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz told the Herald.

“He would literally, on the day he ordered them, deliver them to customers he already had lined up,” Saenz said. Two of the purchasers are cooperating with the prosecution, he added.

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Rose Gomez said the fajita theft has prompted the department to “institute procedures, controls, and safeguards” so that the situation can’t happen again, the Herald reported.

The department had been consistently over budget, but people still signed off on the invoices without noticing the fajita deliveries, Saenz told the Herald. He said he didn’t blame taxpayers for being upset about the thefts.

“They’ve got the right to be upset,” he said to the Herald. “It is upsetting.”

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