Man Faces Jail Time For Stealing More Than $1 Million Worth Of Fajitas

It's not every day you hear about a person making a criminal career off selling fajitas, but one man in Texas was busted. He had quite a racket going for over 9 years, during which time he stole about $1.25 million worth of fajitas.

His cheesy crime empire was brought down one day when he skipped work to go to a doctor's appointment.

Gilberto Escamilla is facing first-degree felony theft charges, and possibly more, as police continue the investigation into his great fajita caper. It may sound funny, but over a 9-year period, the thief has allegedly stolen in excess of a million dollars from his employer.

For nearly a decade, Escamilla had been working for the Juvenile Justice Department. He had been ordering hundreds of pounds of fajitas on a regular basis from the department's meat vendor.

The problem is, the cafeteria at the department doesn't sell fajitas. Escamilla had been allegedly taking them home and selling them to buyers that he had lined up. He'd been doing this little side job without being noticed for nine years.

Escamilla went completely undetected for all this time, but his whole scam fell apart after one day when he failed to show up to work. The employee had to take off to go for a medical test. On that day, the meat vendor called and spoke to another employee, wanting to verify the 800-pound fajita delivery that was coming up.

The employee with the Justice Department said they didn't serve fajitas and that it must be a mistake. The vendor informed the employee they'd been delivering the fajitas for years.

"The receiver of the call rushes off to the supervisor and conveys to her the discussion that had been had, and that breaks the case," said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz.

"When Mr. Escamilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years," Saenz added.

The Department fired Escamilla and called authorities. Escamilla was put under arrest and authorities obtained a warrant to go search his home. They found his freezer was packed with fajitas and managed to get in contact with two of his buyers.

The anonymous buyers reportedly had no idea they were buying 'hot' fajitas, and they are fully cooperating with authorities.

"He would literally, on the day he ordered them, deliver them to customers he had already lined up," said Saenz.

For some, it’s laughable that someone could have been stealing taxpayer money in the form of fajitas for a decade without anyone noticing, and it would probably make a hilarious SNL skit. For others, it’s not funny at all.

More than $1.2 million dollars has a lot of people in hot water. Even though Escamilla didn’t have any accomplices known to authorities, the incident exposed some gross negligence on the part of the department.

The Juvenile Justice Department is reviewing its ordering practices and looking to institute new safeguards and procedures to take better control of the system. They're hoping to prevent another 'total failure' of management.

Source: Daily Mail
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