Texas County Worker Stole Over $1 Million in… Fajitas?

We never advocate stealing from taxpayers, but food can make you do some crazy things.

A former Texas county employee has been arrested for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajita meat.

Gilberto Escaramilla was fired from his Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department job in August. He was arrested for felony theft after a search warrant turned up packages of county-funded fajitas inside his refrigerator, according to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz.

Escaramilla has acknowledged stealing packages of the food for nine years. An audit of vendor invoices showed Escaramilla intercepted food deliveries being made to the department.

As it turns out, the fajita free-for-all had been going on for nine years.

You might be wondering how ol’ Gilberto got caught. It looks like he chose the wrong day to take off work for a doctor’s appointment. While he was gone, a delivery driver called about his 800 pounds of meat and his cover was officially blown.

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit,” Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said

I’m sure their writers are already on it, Mr. Saenz.


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