Ex-NFL player Kenbrell Thompkins pleads guilty to identity theft

NFL: SEP 07 Patriots at Dolphins
Getty Images

Former NFL receiver Kenbrell Armod Thompkins pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, the Associated Press reports. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6, and he faces up to 12 years in prison.

Thompkins fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits from the state of California that were meant for people who lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a plea agreement. California distributed the funds as debit cards, which were mailed to addresses associated with Thompkins in Miami and nearby Aventura.

Thompkins withdrew approximately $230,000 at various ATMs in Miami-Dade County, prosecutors said. They said the scheme involved approximately $300,000 in California unemployment insurance funds.

Thompkins caught on with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2013 and caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns that season. But he played only sparingly for the rest of his NFL career, which included stops with the Raiders and Jets.

1 responses to “Ex-NFL player Kenbrell Thompkins pleads guilty to identity theft

  1. Defrauding Unemployment funds is pretty awful, but not as bad as stealing from Welfare funds like Favre.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.