Buyers of contested health insurance to get funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials say they'll distribute $300,000 to about 172 consumers nationwide who complained about a company accused of selling phony health insurance.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Nashville has agreed to bar United States Benefits LLC owner and officers Tim Thomas and his wife Keenan Dozier-Thomas from selling health benefits and health insurance.

The company was shut down and its assets frozen a year ago, according to The Tennessean. The action was part of a nationwide crackdown on sellers of bogus discount health plans disguised as major medical insurance.

Defense attorney David Raybin declined comment Wednesday, according to the newspaper.

Court-appointed receiver Bob Waldschmidt delivered the $300,000 to state officials Wednesday.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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