An ex- NFL player pleads guilty for identity theft Covid relief fraud

Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, who is 33 is facing as long as 12 years of prison time at His scheduled January. 6 sentence.

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The former NFL tight end who was also a South Florida native has pleaded guilty of stealing identities in order to fraudulently claim coronavirus-related unemployment payments in California.

Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, who is 33 Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, 33, pleaded guilty on Monday before Miami Federal Court to one charge of unauthorised access device fraud as well as an additional charge for aggravated theft according to court documents. He could face the possibility of 12 years of prison when he is scheduled for Jan. 6 sentence.

As per a plea deal, Thompkins used the stolen identities of several Florida residents to acquire illegal unemployment benefits through the government of California. California issued these unemployment benefit funds in the form of debit cards which were then mailed to addresses linked to Thompkins located in Miami and in nearby Aventura The prosecution said.

In August and September of 2020, Thompkins used these debit cards to withdraw money at various ATMs located in Miami-Dade County, prosecutors said. They claimed that the scheme involved around $300,000 worth of California benefits for unemployment, from which, around $230,000 funds were taken.

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Thompkins has been signed a free agent undrafted with the New England Patriots in 2013 and was also part of both the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

Congress approved Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the last year, to assist business and individuals financially survive the Covid-19 pandemic, which includes the transfer of federal money to the state unemployment insurance benefit programs.

The former NFL tight end who was also a South Florida native has pleaded guilty of stealing identities in order to fraudulently claim coronavirus-related unemployment payments in California.

Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, who is 33 Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, 33, pleaded guilty on Monday before Miami Federal Court to one charge of unauthorised access device fraud as well as an additional charge for aggravated theft according to court documents. He could face the possibility of 12 years of prison when he is scheduled for Jan. 6 sentence.

As per a plea deal, Thompkins used the stolen identities of several Florida residents to acquire illegal unemployment benefits through the government of California. California issued these unemployment benefit funds in the form of debit cards which were then mailed to addresses linked to Thompkins located in Miami and in nearby Aventura The prosecution said.