Ex-NFL WR Kenbrell Thompkins Charged w/ Identity Theft, Facing Over 10 Years In Prison
Ex-NFL WR Kenbrell Thompkins Charged With Identity Theft ... Facing Over 10 Years Behind Bars
4/1/2021 8:03 AM PT
Ex-NFL WR Kenbrell Thompkins -- who famously caught TDs from Tom Brady in 2013 -- is now facing over 10 years in prison after he allegedly committed identity theft and fraud.
Federal prosecutors in court docs say the 32-year-old former Jets, Raiders and Patriots wideout stole identities to illegally obtain cash that was intended for people who were financially reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
In the docs, prosecutors say Thompkins used personal information from multiple people to apply for financial aid in California in Aug. 2020.
Investigators claim when the requests were granted, Thompkins was sent the money in the form of debit cards. Prosecutors claim they then caught the ex-NFL player on surveillance video using them to withdraw cash at Florida Bank of America locations.
Investigators say in total, Thompkins' "scheme involves approximately $300,000 in California unemployment insurance funds credited to the fraudulent debit cards." Of the $300K, investigators claim Thompkins withdrew around $230,000.
Court records show Thompkins has been hit with 1 charge of use of one or more unauthorized access devices and 2 charges of aggravated identity theft.
If convicted on all counts, Thompkins is facing over 10 years behind bars.
Thompkins broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with New England in 2013 ... and he had a solid rookie year, tallying 32 catches for 466 yards and 4 TDs.
Thompkins, though, wasn't able to do much more in the NFL after that ... recording just a handful more starts before officially dropping out of the league in 2017.