Jim Rogash / Getty ImagesKenbrell Thompkins, then #85 of the New England Patriots, warming up before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)
Former New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has been charged with access device fraud and identity theft after allegedly orchestrating a $300,000 fraud scheme.
Thompkins allegedly used the stolen identities of Florida residents to obtain unemployment insurance benefits from California that were meant for people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Thompkins is charged with one count of access device fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Access device fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and aggravated identity theft carries a penalty of two mandatory years in prison,