Former NFL wide receiver Kenbrell Armod Thompkins pleaded guilty on Monday in Miami federal county to stealing identities to fraudulently obtain coronavirus-related unemployment insurance benefits in California.
Thompkins was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2013; he has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
According to the court records, Thompkins pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, and he is facing up to 12 years in prison.
The plea agreement stated that Thompkins used the stolen identities of numerous Florida residents to obtain fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits from the state of California.
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act last year to help individuals and businesses financially survive the pandemic.
The prosecutors said that California distributed the unemployment benefit funds as debit cards, which were all mailed to addresses associated with Thompkins in Miami.
They also said that Thompkins used these debit cards in 2020 to withdraw funds at various ATMs in Miami-Dade County with approximately $230,000 out of the $300,000 funds being withdrawn.
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