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Former NFL player pleads guilty to identity theft and faces up to 12 years in prison

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Kenbrell Thompkins is facing up to 12 years in prison for stealing identities in Florida to obtain COVID-19 relief money.

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins plead guilty to identity theft and is facing 12 years in prison according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

South Florida native and former National Football League (NFL) Player Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, 33, pled guilty this week in federal district court to stealing other peoples’ identities to fraudulently obtain Covid-19-related unemployment insurance benefits.

Thompkins admitted that from August 16, 2020 through September 25, 2020, he used the social security numbers and other protected personal information of unsuspecting Florida residents to obtain prepaid unemployment insurance debit cards from California and to withdraw thousands of dollars from such cards.  Thompkins pled guilty to one count of unauthorized access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr. will sentence Thompkins on January 6, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. in Miami.  He faces up to 12 years in prison.

Thompkins played college football for El Camino College from 2008 to 2009 and for the University of Cincinnati from 2011 to 2012. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2013 and was also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

Thompkins finished his NFL career with 70 career receptions for 893 yards and 4 touchdowns.


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