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Cameron County worker accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over 9 years

A former South Texas juvenile justice department employee, Gilberto Escamilla, has been arrested for felony theft after authorities say he acknowledged stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. (Photo courtesy of the Cameron County Sheriff's Office)

A former South Texas juvenile justice department employee has been arrested for felony theft after authorities say he acknowledged stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz tells The Brownsville Herald that Gilberto Escamilla was fired in August and arrested after authorities obtained a search warrant and found packages of the Tex-Mex food in his refrigerator.

Investigators subsequently checked vendor invoices and determined he would intercept county-funded food deliveries and deliver them to his own customers.

The scheme imploded when he missed work one day in August for a medical appointment and a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, but officials said the juvenile department didn't serve fajitas.

Escamilla was arrested last week on the more serious felony theft charge.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Gilberto Escamilla.



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