Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Brownsville man accused of stealing over $1.2 Million worth of fajitas

Brownsville man accused of stealing over $1.2 Million worth of fajitas

USA Today reports the lengthy scam was discovered after an 800-pound delivery of fajitas arrived at the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in San Benito, about 10 miles north of the Mexico border, in August.

"He would truly, on the day he requested [the fajitas], convey them to clients he had officially arranged", Saenz said. He was re-arrested and now faces a much more serious felony theft charge.

A former juvenile justice department employee stole $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years, the district attorney said.

Gilberto Escaramilla was sacked in August after police found packages of the popular Tex-Mex foodstuff in the refrigerator at his home. 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. What do you tell the housewife and the blue collar worker that pay their county taxes, when paying their taxes takes a big bite out of their paycheck? Invoices and purchase orders also recovered left investigators to conclude Escaramilla had stolen $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.

That's when the jig was up for county employee Gilberto Escaramillo who admitted to stealing fajitas for the past nine years according to the Cameron County DA. "We've possessed the capacity to reveal two of his buyers, and they are participating with the examination".

"Up and down the chain of authority, people were signing off on these things", Saenz said.

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. They've got the right to be upset.

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