A former Brownsville juvenile detention center employee was sentenced to 50 years in prison for theft by a public servant.
Gilberto Escamilla, the former purchaser for Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, confessed he used taxpayer money to buy fajita meat and sell it for profit.
According to an audit report, more than $1.2 million dollars were shaved from food purchases and went undetected for 9 years.
On August 7, the jig was up when 800 lbs. of fajitas was delivered to the juvenile center while Escamilla was at a doctor’s appointment. Officials have said the juvenile department doesn’t serve fajitas.
“If he had been at work that day we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. when interviewed by News Center 23 following Escamilla’s arrest.
Visiting State District Judge J. Manuel Banales sentenced Escamilla to 50 years in prison at the request of Cameron County Asst. District Attorney Peter Gilman to make an example of his abuse of position and stealing from taxpayers.