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After pleading guilty to deceiving the uninsured, former CEO now has cancer

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Tim Thomas, former CEO of United Benefits of America, was at a sentencing hearing on Monday. (WSMV) Tim Thomas, former CEO of United Benefits of America, was at a sentencing hearing on Monday. (WSMV)
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The former CEO of a Nashville-based company, accused by federal prosecutors of tricking people desperate for insurance because of pre-existing diseases, now has cancer.

Tim Thomas’ attorney told Judge David Lawson that his client has rectal cancer and was seeking additional time before being sentenced to try and fight the disease.

However, Thomas’ ex-girlfriend testified during the first phase of his sentencing that he has no intention of going to prison and planned to flee the country.

The dramatic testimony comes nine years after the News4 I-Team hidden cameras captured managers in Thomas’ south Nashville company using scare tactics against desperate people in need of health insurance.

After pleading guilty to criminal contempt and mail fraud charges in March,  Thomas, 55,  had to liquidate $1.5 million in assets to pay his former customers. 

Thomas was the CEO of United Benefits of America, a company that prosecutors say convinced customers they were buying major health insurance, when in fact, they were buying into membership associations with discount cards.

Customers across the country told the I-Team those discount cards barely covered their medical expenses.

In 2009, the News4 I-Team sent hidden cameras into the company, capturing managers using scare tactics to frighten customers into buying their products.

Our cameras captured one manager instructing how to use the TAFT method, which stood for “tell them any f*****g thing.”

Another manager described how he frightened customers into buying products.

When he pleaded guilty, Thomas admitted he had deceived customers.

During the first phase of his sentencing hearing, Thomas’s attorney requested that he be granted additional time to fight his malignant tumor.

But prosecutors brought Thomas’ ex-girlfriend, Jane Sixsmith, to the stand to testify that Thomas told her that he had no intention of going to prison and would flee the country.

Sixsmith testified that Thomas has received consulting how to get out of going to prison, including stopping dyeing his hair so he appeared sicker.

Sixsmith told the judge that Thomas had been partying all year in exotic locations and used her credit card without his permission.

Judge Lawson ruled to continue the hearing until Friday but ordered that Thomas surrender his passport and be outfitted with a GPS tracking device.

Keenan Dozier, Thomas’ ex-wife, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to criminal contempt.

In the hearing, Dozier apologized, saying she was sorry for her mistakes.

She was sentenced to two years of supervised release.

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