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Texas Man Charged With Stealing $1.2 Million…in Fajitas

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According to a report by the New York Post attributed to the Brownsville Herald, a man from Cameron County, Texas has been charged with felony theft following the investigation that linked him to stealing over $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the course of nine years. Gilberto Escaramillo is now a former Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department employee. Having missed work for one day in August to attend a medical appointment, Escaramillo was subsequently not present when a delivery driver called the department’s kitchen with respect to having 800 pounds of fajitas to deliver.

Texas Man Charged With Stealing $1.2 Million…in Fajitas

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It was during that call that suspicions were raised when a female employee advised the driver that the juvenile department didn’t serve that type of food, and the driver responded that he had been making that delivery for nine years. According to Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz, “When Mr. Escaramilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years.”

Texas Man Charged With Stealing $1.2 Million…in Fajitas

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Escaramilla was fired back in August and following the investigation that ensued, he was arrested when a search warrant proved that he had been storing the food in his refrigerator. Cross-checking past invoices, it was noted that he had intercepted the county-funded food deliveries and had them delivered to his own customers. Over the full period of nine years, it was calculated that he stole $1,251,578 worth of fajitas. With respect to the case and the charge of felony theft, Saenz’s comment to the Brownsville Herald was, “If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing.”