Criminal Law

Former NFL Player Kenbrell Thompkins Charged With Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud

Former NFL player Kenbrell Thompkins has been charged with fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits that were meant for people who lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thompkins, a wide receiver who played for the Patriots, Raiders, and Jets, was charged by federal indictment with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to prosecutors, Thompkins used the stolen identities of numerous Florida residents to obtain fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits from the State of California. California mailed its unemployment benefits in the form of debit cards where cash could be withdrawn at ATMs, and Thompkins is accused of withdrawing approximately $230,000.

“To anyone thinking of using the global pandemic as an opportunity to scam and steal from hardworking Americans, my advice is simple – don’t,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid said in a statement. “No matter where you are or who you are, we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

Read the source article at profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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