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United Benefits of America owner pleads guilty to criminal contempt

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Tim, L, and Keenan Thomas (WSMV) Tim, L, and Keenan Thomas (WSMV)
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Six years after the Channel 4 I-Team first exposed a company for misleading the sick and uninsured, there has been a guilty plea from one of its owners.

Keenan Thomas and her husband, Tim Thomas, faced several criminal charges following an I-Team investigation into their company, United Benefits of America.

Tim Thomas’ trial is set to begin in November, but Keenan Thomas made a surprise appearance in court to plead guilty to one of those charges.

While neither Keenan Thomas and her attorney had anything to say to the I-Team, she had plenty to say to a federal judge as she pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal contempt.

When customers across the country told the I-Team they thought they were buying health insurance through UBA but instead received discount cards that they described as worthless, the I-Team sent in its hidden cameras.

The I-Team caught managers teaching the “TAFT” method to use on customers desperate for insurance.

“TAFT is ‘tell them any [expletive] anything,’” one UBA employee said.

Following the I-Team’s stories, the federal government shut down UBA and ordered Tim Thomas to pay $1 million to his former customers.

But the I-Team later found Tim Thomas kept living a lavish lifestyle.

Two years ago, the couple was indicted.

One of the charges was criminal contempt. Prosecutors claimed that when a federal judge froze their bank accounts, Keenan and Tim Thomas approached a friend to secretly deposit more than $130,000 they made from UBA into that account so they could keep spending money.

Keenan Thomas now admits she did it.

Keenan Thomas has never commented on prosecutors’ claims that her company was scamming the sick and uninsured.

She will be sentenced in early January.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of money laundering and another contempt charge.

Tim Thomas also faces the charges and more. His trial is set for November.

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