BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An employee of the juvenile justice department in a south Texas county has been charged with stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the past nine years and selling them on the side.
The Cameron County District Attorney’s office caught on to Gilberto Escaramilla in August when a local food distributor delivered 800 pounds of fajitas to the kitchen of the county juvenile hall on a day when Escaramilla had taken the day off to see a doctor.
The jail’s cook told the delivery man that they didn’t serve fajitas to which the driver responded by saying he had been delivering fajitas to the facility for nearly a decade.
The cook told a supervisor and an investigation was launched.
“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 Saenz told the Brownsville Herald.
When officials confronted Escaramilla, he admitted he had been stealing the food and selling it to local customers he had lined up.
He was charged with first degree felony.