There's no denying that fajitas are muy, muy delicioso. Some may even say they'd do anything for fajitas. For Gilberto Escamillaln a Juvenile Justice Department employee, fajitas were apparently worth facing sizzling heat from authorities.
The Cameron County District Attorney's office has been investigating Escamilla and his alleged thievery of $1.2 million worth of fajitas. It all started on August 7th, where the Juvenile Justice Department employee had taken off for the day to attend to a medical appointment. According to The Brownsville Herald, while he was off that day, the front desk of the department received a call from a Labatt Food Service driver that said they were delivering 800 pounds worth of fajitas. Knowing that the kitchen doesn't serve fajitas, the woman who answered the call said they had to have been mistaken. Contrary to her assumption, the driver mentioned that the company had been delivering fajitas to them for the past 9 years.
Mayhem followed soon after this discovery. The supervisor and later DA's office was informed of the conversation and Escamilla was fired immediately after his return. He was arrested on August 9th and quickly made bail, but the DA's office knew there was more to uncover. They had obtained a search warrant, found packets of fajitas in this refrigerator, and later gathered documents such as invoices and purchase orders, and finally discovered that the employee had stolen $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.
"He would literally, on the day he ordered them, deliver them to customers he had already lined up,” said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz in an interview with The Herald. "If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,”
As harmless as stealing fajitas may sound, Escamilla's 9-year operation has landed him in prison on a first-degree theft felony. He wasn't just stealing from his employer, he was stealing tax-payer money. This stunt has angered the people of Cameron County and has forced the DA's office question it's employees and dig deeper into its chain of authority. Looks like eating fajitas can be messier than we thought!