Theft of $1.2M in fajitas results in 50-year prison sentence


A former juvenile justice department employee from Texas was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after being convicted of stealing $1.2 million in fajitas with county funds.

Gilberto Escamilla, 53, pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant, the Brownsville Herald reported.

“It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control,” Escamilla said while testifying. “It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

Last year, Cameron County authorities arrested Escamilla after learning he had been accepting deliveries of fajitas for nine years — even though the detention center’s kitchen didn’t offer the food item on its menu, the Dallas Morning News reported.


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