Man sentenced to 50 years for stealing $1.2 million in fajitas

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SAN FRANCISCO – APRIL 24: A small portion of rice is seen on a plate of fajitas at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant April 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California. As rice prices continue to climb and many places are limiting the number of bags small businesses can purchase, many Bay Area restaurants are being forced to […]

A former South Texas juvenile justice department employee has been sentenced to 50 years in prison 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 Escaramilla 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.

The Assistant District Attorney handling the case said the sentence should send a message about theft to other public servants.

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