Ex-NFL player Kenbrell Thompkins guilty of identify theft, COVID-19 relief fraud

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MIAMI — A previous NFL broad receiver and South Florida indigenous has pleaded responsible to stealing identities to fraudulently obtain coronavirus-relevant unemployment insurance policies gains in California.

Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, 33, pleaded responsible Monday in Miami federal courtroom to one rely of unauthorized entry machine fraud and a single rely of aggravated identification theft, according to courtroom records. He faces up to 12 decades in jail at his scheduled Jan. 6 sentencing.

In accordance to a plea arrangement, Thompkins applied the stolen identities of several Florida inhabitants to get fraudulent unemployment insurance plan gains from the state of California. California distributed these unemployment gain cash as debit playing cards, which have been mailed to addresses involved with Thompkins in Miami and close by Aventura, prosecutors explained.

In August and September 2020, Thompkins made use of these debit cards to withdraw funds at many ATMs in Miami-Dade County, prosecutors reported. They mentioned the plan involved about $300,000 in California unemployment insurance policy cash, out of which about $230,000 of the funds were being withdrawn.

Thompkins was signed as an undrafted free of charge agent by the New England Patriots in 2013 and has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

Congress handed the Coronavirus Aid, Reduction, and Economic Stability Act past 12 months to help people and businesses fiscally endure the COVID-19 pandemic, which include through the provision of federal funds to state unemployment insurance policies reward courses.