Gilberto Escamilla had stolen more than $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the course of approximately nine years.
A Texas man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.2 million in fajitas while acting as a public servant has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was employed at the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center in San Benito, Texas, until August 2017 — when it was discovered that he had been placing orders for fajitas using county funds and then selling them for his own profit since December 2008, according to Cameron County Court filings.
When sentenced on Friday, Escamilla was also served with the maximum fine of $10,000 on top of the $1,251,578.72 he was ordered to pay back for the cost of the fajitas, officials said.
According to The Brownsville Herald, Escamilla’s scheme unraveled last August after a delivery driver with Labatt Food Service phoned the detention center to give kitchen employees a heads up that an 800-pound delivery of fajitas had arrived.
Employees immediately thought the delivery to be suspicious as minors at the detention center are not served fajitas, however, the delivery driver insisted that had been delivering fajitas to the detention center’s kitchen for the past nine years