Former Patriots Wide wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins convicted of identity theft and COVID-19 rescue fraud – NBC Boston
A former New England Patriots wide receiver has pleaded guilty to stealing identities to fraudulently obtain coronavirus-related unemployment insurance benefits in California.
Kenbrell Thompkins, 33, pleaded guilty in Miami federal court on Monday to one count of unauthorized access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, court records show. He faces up to 12 years in prison when he is convicted on January 6.
Thompkins appeared in 14 games for the Patriots between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, capturing 38 passes for 519 yards and four TDs from Tom Brady.
According to a plea deal, Thompkins used the stolen identities of many Florida residents to obtain fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits from the state of California. California distributed these unemployment benefit funds in the form of debit cards, which were sent to addresses associated with Thompkins in Miami and nearby Aventura, prosecutors said.
In August and September 2020, Thompkins used these debit cards to withdraw funds at various Miami-Dade County ATMs, prosecutors said. They said the program involved about $ 300,000 in California unemployment insurance funds, of which about $ 230,000 of funds were withdrawn.
Thompkins, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Cincinnati, also played for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. He hadn’t appeared in a regular season game since 2015.