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Former NFL player guilty of ID theft, COVID-19 relief fraud

Kenbrell Thompkins
New England Patriots’ Kenbrell Thompkins warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Former NFL wide receiver has pleaded guilty to stealing identities to fraudulently receive corona-virus related unemployment insurance benefits in California.

Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, pleaded guilty Monday in Miami federal court to unauthorized access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to court records.

Thompkins is a South Florida native and is originally from Liberty City.

According to the plea agreement, Thompkins used stolen identities of numerous Florida residents to obtain fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits from the state of California.

Prosecutors say California distributed these funds as debit cards, which were mailed to addresses associated with Thompkins in South Florida.

Thompkins played with several different NFL teams throughout his professional football career, that included the New England Patriots, New York Jets.