From Crown to Criminal?
Juliette Kimoto, 35, says she was living the dream when she was crowned Mrs. Nevada 2006 — she had a handsome husband, Kyle, who was running a successful business, and they had six beautiful children. But she says things quickly started to unravel when Kyle’s previous legal problems came back to haunt them. “After I won, I started getting emails from some of the other contestants: ‘You shouldn’t be Mrs. Nevada.’ ‘Your husband was involved in a scam,’” she says. She didn’t lose her crown, but her reputation was further damaged after Kyle was convicted in 2008 of a telemarketing scam that landed him behind bars for 29 years. Then, in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission accused Juliette of fraud and misrepresentation in connection with a business that she says Kyle put in her name. She denies any wrongdoing and has since settled her case for $90,000 but says she’s still struggling to move forward. “I’m losing my car. I don’t have a home. I can’t find a job. I have six children to raise,” she says. “Had I not been Mrs. Nevada, the media would not be interested in this story.”

Dr. Phil asks Juliette why she’s coming forward.

“It’s been going on for almost a decade now, and this is the first time I’ve ever been able to actually speak out about what’s occurred in our life,” she replies. “It’s my time to reestablish who we are, our last name — my beautiful children.” She says she has since divorced Kyle.

“Does he deserve to be in jail?” Dr. Phil asks Juliette.

“The judge gave him a life sentence. I do believe, however, if there’s any restitution to be paid, he is serving it with his life,” she says. “He has given [AD]every ounce of money we ever had. He is missing his children growing up. He has lost his wife.” Juliette says she doesn’t feel her ex-husband intentionally scammed people out of millions of dollars. She also maintains her innocence. “I settled because I couldn’t afford to fight.”

Dr. Phil reads a statement from Kyle, saying Juliette had nothing to do with the scam and should have her name cleared.

Juliette’s 18-year-old son, Kohl, and 15-year-old daughter, Kiana, say their parents are not bad people, and they want the media to stop portraying them as such.

“I feel like I had to become the father figure to my siblings, and be the example in the home, and be what my dad was to me,” Kohl admits. He says he felt guilty going away to college and leaving his mother alone with his younger siblings.

Dr. Phil asks whether Juliette leans on Kohl too much, and she says that's probably the case.

Juliette says she didn’t realize how much she was relying on Kohl until he left for college. “In hindsight, I see that it’s been really good for him to go away, and start his own life and do some of those things. But I miss some of the help that he provided,” Juliette admits.

Kiana says she carries a lot of the responsibilities around the house, like laundry and cleaning, and sometimes feels overwhelmed.

[AD]Dr. Phil asks Kohl and Kiana whether it’s difficult to visit their father at prison.

“It’s very emotional to see him there, locked up like that, and just to know that he can’t come home with us,” Kohl says.  

“Sometimes I feel like I have to go, like I’m guilted into going,” Kiana confesses.

Read a statement from Kyle to Kohl and Kiana.
Juliette asks what she can do to undo the damage of the false reports. “The media has just tarnished our name so horribly that I hope it can be fixed,” she says.

Dr. Phil tells Juliette that she needs to tune out the negative feedback and get in touch with who she really is. He also says she needs to be clear about the image she’s trying to project.

Michael says, “This is one of the worst scenarios I’ve ever seen.”

“Are you a crook?” Dr. Phil asks Juliette.

“Absolutely not,” she responds.

“Are you a thief?” he asks.

“Absolutely not,” she replies.

[AD]“Were you involved — in any way — in any subterfuge that your husband may have perpetrated on innocent investors?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Absolutely not,” she says.

“You’ve paid as high a price as anybody,” Dr. Phil tells Juliette. “And what you want is for people to judge you for who you are and not what somebody you were married to may have done when he was too young to know better.”

“Of course,” she says.