“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit.” – District Attorney Luis V. Saenz
In “are you kidding me, fam?” news, a South Texas man was arrested on felony charges for stealing more than 1.2 million dollars worth of fajitas over the course of nine years in order to resell them.
Gilberto Escamarillo, an employee at the Juvenile Justice Department, was illegally using government funds to buy fajitas from a food service provider, then taking them home and reselling them as part of an apparent side hustle. Investigators have already identified two purchasers who are cooperating with the investigation, according to The Brownsville Herald.
The Brownsville Herald also reported that Escamarillo was caught after taking a day off to go to a medical appointment, when an 800-pound order of fajitas showed up at his office. Since he wasn’t there to pick up his stash, people started asking questions.
According to the story, when the driver called and said he had a fajita delivery for the Juvenile Justice Department, the woman who answered told the delivery man that he must be mistaken because they didn’t serve fajitas. The driver replied that, no, she was mistaken because he’s been delivering fajitas to the department for the past nine years. This was the “a-ha” moment that got the investigation rolling and Escamarillo fired.
He was arrested the next day, on August 9th after police obtained a search warrant and found fajitas in his home refrigerator. With the value of the fajitas recovered between $2,500 and $30,000, he was arrested on a state jail charge. He posted bond and was released.
But that’s not where it ended. After considerable digging, examining invoices, purchase orders and other paperwork from both the food service provider and the County Auditor’s Office, the investigation concluded that Escamarillo had stolen $1,251,578 in fajitas. He was arrested on Tuesday on first-degree felony theft charges, which carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 99 years.