Posted: 6:00 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014

Apollo Nida, Phaedra Parks’ husband, charged with fraud, identity theft 

By Rodney Ho

Apollo Nida with his wife Phaedra Parks in 2012. CREDIT: Getty Images.

Apollo Nida with his wife Phaedra Parks in 2012. CREDIT: Getty Images.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida surrendered to authorities after being charged with bank fraud and identity theft, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Atlanta Thursday.

UPDATE: Friday, January 24, 2014, 11:16 p.m. I was able to finally procure the actual complaint from a source. Here are some of the details:

Alexandre Herrera, a U.S. Secret Service Agent in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad, in a written affidavit, charged that Nida created fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts.

The agent in February 2012 began investigating alleged criminal activities of Gayla St. Julien, who he said was opening bank accounts under stolen identities to commit bank and check fraud. The investigation ran until September, 2013. At that point, they found 40 bank accounts tied to her. The complaint provided a sampling of bank accounts totaling about $3 million tied to  alleged fraudulent activities.

The office also identified two fake debt-collection businesses used to “illicitly obtain personal identifying information of individuals.” The companies used LexisNexis and Equifax database inquiries to steal identities. St. Julien was arrested on Sept. 11, 2013 by the Secret Service. She implicated Nida as the man who orchestrated many of the alleged fraudulent schemes. She had worked with Nida since 2009.

St. Julien “described herself as NIDA’s ‘right hand b****’ in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes,” Herrera wrote. She told him she received “scraps” compared to how much he pocketed.

Nida would allegedly steal real people’s identities and have St. Julien pretend to be them to open bank accounts. She would then deposit fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies, according to the criminal complaint.

He also opened a fake auto dealership (such as Ferrari Autohaus) and apply for auto loans in the names of stolen identities. After the arrest, the agents had St. Julien tape record conversations with Nida in which he explained many of his schemes. At one point, they obtained a federal search warrant of Nida’s vehicle and seized evidence, including a bank debit card in the name of Ferrari Autohaus Inc., cell phones and a laptop computer.

Nida was previously imprisoned from 2004 to 2009 for breaking federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud. He married Parks, an attorney, in 2009 and they have since had two children.

The U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released Nida on a pretrial bond of $25,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12, 2014.

Sandra Rose broke the story earlier today.

A PR agency spokeswoman who represents Parks declined to comment, saying it’s not their policy to talk about “the personal lives of our clients. Should anything change we will let you know.”

211 comments
EssieGilley
EssieGilley

Prayer times, family is sadness with friends of husband fraud...

purplediva
purplediva

I like Phaedra but it is soo hard to feel sorry for her right now because she married this man KNOWING he was in prison and KNOWING what he was in prison for, yet she still chose to marry this man and bring two children into this world, which makes me question her character.  She can't blame life, the devil, Kenya and anyone else.  This was a sane choice she made and now she has to live with the consquences and possibly raise her sons as a single mother.

angepoo2
angepoo2

Nene is a shoe nuff instigator. She's always starting trouble and then blames someone else. I have never known her to take the blame for anything. I believe she was HIGH when she kept prancing around in her stripper outfit. Then to have MR. WELL-HUNG and MISS COTTAGE CHEESE serving drinks was tacky and ghetto.....

angepoo2
angepoo2

FAKEDRA knew about his criminal activities. That's why she married him, so she would not have to testify. A wife cannot testify against her husband. If you live in the same household, you should know about your spouses assets. She gave that expensive party for those kids, which was DUMB.....She better save that money for court costs.....

zlovely
zlovely

Can anyone tell me which RHOA husband had a real job earning his own money besides NeNe's husband ?? before they met their house wife.. 

All those husbands on the show came up through their wives money!!!  and when the wives cut the husband off.. Well !!! we now  see what can happen the husband like Apollo results back to the  gutter  where the wife found them in before picking them up and trying to  clean them up for the public  ....

Kandi need to look out also! or she will be takeing care of Todd for the rest of his life! if she doesn't heed the warning from momma joyce..

JenniT
JenniT

Wow, there is no way Phaedra can deny this.  The boy is on tape

SoSure
SoSure

Apollo Nida spent $5-8K a night at strip clubs immediately after he got out of prison?!?


The last time that I checked, Apollo was neither T.I. nor LIl'Wayne...where did the money come from?!? Defrauding folks of their tax refunds?!? If so, I hope that he gets ##### when he goes back to jail.  

Emack69
Emack69

Wow. I cannot believe the behavior displayed by these so call "successful" people.

Emack69
Emack69

Just heard on tonight's show Apollo spends 8Gs at a strip club. Well now we know where the money came from.

Emack69
Emack69

There is nothing intelligent about Phadra. She is just as pretentious as the other women on that show. At some point, you have to pay the piper.

idnts701
idnts701

@johnatl  .... Ditto...He took that shirt off like he was ready to 'scrap'...that was a 'riot' going on there ... I can't help but #shakeandscratchmyhead.  I'm sure this latest turn of events re: Apollo won't be in the ROHA upcoming scripts.   

johnatl
johnatl

After watching tonight's episode, I've see all the proof I need in regards to Apollo's character.


He went after Randy like a prison yard pit bull.    

Ttiney
Ttiney

I hope and pray Phaedra doesn't become a casualty from this.  The bible says not to judge.  I won't judge her.  Praying for the best because two young boys need their parents.

Atarahde'Pharaoh Hound
Atarahde'Pharaoh Hound

well, well. well..the TRUTH is  the  light.. the rumor is the truth.. that another member of the RHOA will be leaving..Phaedra  she is..i knew something wasn't RIGHT about her hiding behind the bible.. and nothing but a educated common female thug..for d cades apparently she and appollo go WAAAy back running fraund on expensive  vehicles for cash illegally..which is a federal crime..yep pheadra is in serious trouble..


. Pheadra the common CRIminal with two kids by a convicted felon..I never uderstood the marriage from the start...why would a educated woman married a common felon and have two kids by him..BIRDS OF FEATHER flock together..that's why.. 


if by chance you see the  video..{Phaedrast girl friend explains how  phaedra and her  got together and with appollo and apollo's brother all three as the mastermind being commom felons..running expensive cars

and getting paid for stolen cars..that's how apollo made his money..with phaedra, his brother and phaedra GF..who also has a baby by appollo and Phaedra know this..kept out of RHOA.. and so Phaedraa the lawyer show them how to get around the law..she going down believe me



Apollo  was her partna in crime  then married him.. and why? Phardrea  is the one from the start as the lawyer hooked up with apollo to do her dirty work is going down y'all and as LAWYER isn't going to help her..apollo is what he is.. as alway was and will be.. DUMB..they all had records apollo's brother and pheadra's best GF now it all makes sense why would a woman  who has all the education hook uo with a common low life felon named apollo and yet further have kid by him? I feel so sorry for the two kids.. becuz they will learn who their  parents ARE..FELONS..dayum Pheadra was the STICK that good  that you would risk going to PRISON? Apollo ain't shizt never was and  never will be.. you could have had anyone..why a common well known felon?

GDC employee
GDC employee

That does not look like Phaedra in the picture with Apollo.....welcome back to the chain gang..

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

The one question that I would like to ask Mrs. Parks is;  what did you think your husband did for a living the last 6 years?

SonofSammyDavisJrJr
SonofSammyDavisJrJr

When he’s sued and he will be; it’s going to be interesting to determine what assets he spent money on that can be confiscated and sold for restitution.

Justineisu
Justineisu

What i find most troubling is all the stuff she took from him in the past.  She was on a talk show talking about text messages he had sent another woman.  She appeared madat the other woman instead of him.  Excuse me but no matter how good it is, it aint that good.  She is ruined if not disbarred.  Part of me feels sorry but remembering how she treated people part of me says OH WELL Another one Bites the Dust.

Justineisu
Justineisu

Sorry but I have no pity for her.  She is an educated successful woman who came from the streets and made her way to the top.  She is a criminal defense lawyer and allegedly represented him prior to their marriage.  There is not that much love in the world.  Surely this man was contributed to the household and surely he told her something about the source of the money. 

Sorry but if BRAVO allow her to continue on the show NO ONE ELSE SHOULD EVER BE REMOVED FROM A SHOW because of their behavior. 

The tragic thing is all of these "reality" shows either end up with people divorced, in jail, humiliated publicly or worse yet suicide.  And the tragic thing is none of them are that good.

Destiny57
Destiny57

It has been interesting viewing the various points of view in regards to Phaedra  and her husband Apollo. So I will weigh in, myself. First, let's NOT throw Phaedra under the bus of guilt for charges brought against her husband. I do not see her motive as she is a successful educated lawyer on a very successful show. I cannot see her risking all she has rightfully worked hard for and being a new mother of two beautiful babies, throwing it away. Money was NOT an issue for her because she already had money and did not appear to live an over the top lifestyle.

On the other hand, Apollo has been down that road before, having served time in federal prison for white collar crimes. She was his lawyer at one point , fell in love, forgave his former criminal past and  married him. We all want love, a family and to live the American dream but perhaps  Phaedra should have taken a pass on Apollo.  He was a convicted felon with nothing and she was a successful businesswoman and attorney with everything. The two opposite career paths just did not justify the risk and now she will have to suffer the embarrassment , stress and humiliation HIS actions has and will costs her and her children.



The Lady
The Lady

I hope Ms Parks is innocent in this mess...poor dear has to feed her babies ..and bury the dead of Atlanta..


The Lady
The Lady

I was shocked about Apollo..but dang I guess its true once a thief always a thief. 

The Lady
The Lady

Whats wrong with working for a living...

iamintegrity
iamintegrity

@JuneBaby  Blame whites for  Apollo NIda defrauding innocent people?  How dare you!  I am white.  I have never perpetrated a crime.  I have my own foundation that is set up to help other people, especially black women.  How dare you blame anyone for a criminal's behavior?  JuneBaby is a loser.

BoyWonder
BoyWonder

I think this whole RHO has run it's course.  Isn't it enough that is hardly the first example of one of them being charged with Fraud?

Look at the history.

I count at least 12 times different cast members have been charged.

Look it up.

It's ridiculous.

And BRAVO - is probably the single biggest reason I cancelled my cable.

It is total garbage.

SonofSammyDavisJrJr
SonofSammyDavisJrJr

When the feds come and get you it’s a wrap. Federal government conviction rate is over 92%. Fed time is hard time, you going to do most of your sentence and the federal penitentiary isn’t a joke. He better start lifting now and get his weight up.

JuneBaby
JuneBaby

For every black thief in the Atlanta area, there are at least 100 white thieves! How do you think the black thieves learned all of these fraudalent schemes? White people are the champs of these types of fraud! I don't mean to sound racist, but it's the truth. If u don't believe me look it up!

Ripdog
Ripdog

Well what do you think is going to happen when a desperate, lonely lawyer is hanging out at the prison yard trying to get her some.  You lay down with fleas, you wake up with fleas.  Think about it, this dude got out the joint in 2009, they were married in 2009, sounds to me like somebody's fornication session had an unexpected twist.  Also if she really did meet him in 1995, that means she was messin' with a 17 year old.  So stop saying poor Phaedra.  If anything, it's poor children.  They are the ones who will have to see their daddy through a prison door for the next 20 years. 

xclusive
xclusive

@ Ulltraman there at the same place Bush,Gingrich,Perdue is watching white males targeting on line for under age kids guess its in white people nature


purplediva
purplediva

Todd has a job and gets job offers.  Opportunist yes.  I do believe he is always looking for who can help to further him along career wise but let's keep it real your average everyday brother is not working on television and entertainment sets like BET, Bravo and etc... so give the brother some credit.  He had jobs before Kandi unlike Peter and Apollo.  I don't think Kandi will be taking care of Todd, I just think that Todd wants his own big come up and will use Kandi and whomever else he can to get it and I don't think he'll stay with her once he gets it.

lil_miss_hot_girl
lil_miss_hot_girl

@Ttiney Phaedra's hands ain't clean either. She knew what Apollo was up to and did dirt before he went to prison the first time. It's only a matter of time before she gets caught up too.....

Starlyte
Starlyte

@Destiny57I think you are giving Phaedra way too much credit. This woman is a classic sociopath. Apparently you haven't read Angela Stanton's book describing her criminal activities, her being the mastermind behind them, and using vulnerable people to carry out her dirty work including her husband. Sorry but that's not love. There's a reason why she married Apollo. They are both on criminal paths and it seems that she's perfectly fine with him "getting money" by any means necessary. It's called greed. 

iamintegrity
iamintegrity

@BoyWonder Bravo and Andy Cohen should be banned from airing these shows.  Most housewives are broke and not as they seem.

LeoMalkovich
LeoMalkovich

@Junedummy Apolo is half white. Your comment is laughable & pathetic ! It holds no weight !

Justineisu
Justineisu

Sometimes race is not important and this happens to be one ofthose times.

Justineisu
Justineisu

Why is race imporant.  A thief is a thief.

Gipp
Gipp

@JuneBaby

O.K., let's just blame this all on white folks, just like SOME of us do about ALL our problems.  If that makes you feel better and not take responsibility for you own life, you'll continue to be a loser.

dandaman
dandaman

I put your number closer to a 1,000,000 to 1. It helps people believe when they  "go to look it up"

Ttiney
Ttiney

@NenetteFaulkner - LOL!  You should be embarrassed because you don't know how to spell embarrassing. 

purplediva
purplediva

@Ripdog, I agree, and that's why Phaedra could never tell the correct due date of her first pregnancy because she was one of those attorneys who was getting congicals with an inmate, he got out and they married but of course she was already pregnant before they married and she tries so hard not to embarrass herself, her mother or her mothers church members but now it's all blowing up in her face.  You can't keep putting up fronts and trying to be something you're not.  "Southern Belle?" she is not, Christian? not faithfully, delusional? yes. I'm all for positive speaking and words of aspiration, but calling your kids, kings, prince, Mr. president and etc... could turn around and bite you in the butt and they turn out to be the exact opposite of what you call them.

BigDaddy01
BigDaddy01

@xclusive Congratulations on scrawling the most illiterate thing I've read on this thread.  And that takes some doing!  Your prize is something with which you are undoubtedly familiar - the dunce cap.

iamintegrity
iamintegrity

@xclusive You are a dope.  Go out and make something of yourself instead of making dumb, dumb statements.

BoyWonder
BoyWonder

@xclusive 

That was stupid 

And completely irrelevent

khrish
khrish

@Starlyte@Destiny57 Didn't she marry him because she got pregnant and she couldn't be with child and allow her mother to know that because of the religious thing? Remember she kept lying about how many months along she was. Plus the fact, she makes it clear that she's very proud of her husband's looks.