Posted: 2:54 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Apollo Nida’s co-conspirator sentenced five-plus years for bank fraud, ID theft 

By Rodney Ho

Apollo Nida (left) is married to Phaedra Parks of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." CREDIT: Getty Images

Apollo Nida (left) is married to Phaedra Parks of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” CREDIT: Getty Images

The heat is on Apollo Nida, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks.

In U.S. District Court Wednesday, Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, resulting in a 61-month prison sentence.

St. Julien worked with Nida from 2009 until 2013. The federal government filed a complaint charging him of the same two charges as St. Julien.

During her time working with Nida, she opened several fake bank accounts to launder money obtained fraudulently, the complaint alleged. A sampling of accounts listed in the complaint totaled about $3 million.

St. Julien, “described herself as NIDA’s ‘right hand b****’ in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes,” wrote Alexandre Herrera, a  U.S. Secret Service Agent in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad. She told Herrara she received “scraps” compared to how much Nida pocketed.

Nida is still in talks with the feds for a plea deal.

According to the updated complaint filed this past Monday, Nida created two fake collection agencies to gain access to databases “in order to obtain unlimited access to the personal identifiers of others.”

Allegedly, he then:

- rented dozens of mailboxes at UPS stores and other places under various aliases, including the names of identity theft victims.

- created counterfeit drivers’ licenses and other ID, applied for and received unclaimed funds from state governments impersonating the true owners.

- applied and received refunds due former homeowners from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

- purchased checks, including U.S. Treasury checks, from others knowing they were stolen and fraudulently obtained.

- created fake auto dealerships to obtain auto loan approvals using stolen identities.

- opened personal and business accounts at financial institutions using stolen identities to launder stolen and fraudulently obtained proceeds.

St. Julien was arrested Sept. 11, 2013 and she told investigators about the schemes. She set up a meeting with Nida Sept. 13 where the U.S. Secret Service confiscated Nida’s cell phone and computer, providing plenty of details about his actions.

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.

Parks’ name does not show up in the complaint and she told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” during the reunion show that aired this past Sunday that she has nothing to do with that situation. Nida is scheduled to appear on part three of the “Real Housewives” reunion shows May 4 to address his actions.

Nida has been a regular presence on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which is in its sixth and most popular season to date.

The U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released Nida in late January on a pretrial bond of $25,000.

17 comments
ms guilty
ms guilty

Does anyone really believe Phaedra is innocent of her husband fraud case.? Or better, who believes Apollo can pull of a scam of 3 million dollars without his attorney wife's help? What makes sense is Phaedra was the mastermind behind it all. Phaedra claims to have so many jobs. Well does any of her jobs pays the bills or for those over the top parties she gives her children? I believe Phaedra hands are very dirty and I think she married Apollo so he couldn't testify against her. Apollo is going to take the rap once again.

jaggar1
jaggar1

Are you serious? All those commenting and acting like she had no idea are clueless. Of course she knew and just turned a blind eye. She benefited from the money. All the women on that show are fake and a disgrace to the black race. They all act like they are A listers, but the fact is they are just trashy. It gives a bad reputation for black women and makes them appear desperate and stupid. Sad!

LafayeDavis
LafayeDavis

Well some people really get on your nerds .They act like they never had a  pass before so,quick to throw stone at other.Instead of looking at mirror them self.They so quick to put you down in life instead of lifting them up.If you don't have nothing good say don't say at all...Amen

Oceandrive
Oceandrive

How could she have not known?  He is an ex con, has all this money and doesn't have a real job?     Come on, she knew and supported him.  She is a crooked woman

Susan89
Susan89

Well Phaedra there you go.  He's not only messing with that troll Kenya, he also was messing around with his 'right hand bytch".  He should get more time than she did.  He is an ex-con.


I hope Phaedra divorces his behind before he goes to prison.  I hope she's not that desperate.  You are a self proclaimed 'Southern Bell' Phaedra.  A true "Southern Bell" don't put up with that garbage.


Hmmm..I wonder if she will now have a celebration about her man being a criminal....the red carpet and all.  She's probably too embarrassed to do so.

ATLieness
ATLieness

The link for this article is incorrect:

 "The "Real Housewives" husband and pleads guilty to fraud and will serve 61 months in prison."

Anyway, I agree with renaissance13...to try to downplay it as a complaint is absolutely ridiculous.  "Everybody knows" your husband is a crook Fakedra...smh

renaissance13
renaissance13

Seeing Phaedra split hairs between a complaint vs indictment shows her lack of humility and authenticity for this matter. To suggest to Andy things are all good dismisses the seriousness of the charges. Given what the complaint reads for what the prosecutor intends to charge, I find it hard to believe her hands are clean on this

MisterMikey
MisterMikey

The reunion was filmed about 3 weeks ago.  They shoot enough footage to drag it out to 3 episodes.  What drama will we see Sunday?

USMarine4024
USMarine4024

Phaedra will be filing for divorce in 5, 4, 3, 2....

Calel
Calel

Instead of being scared of what's to come, why do I believe they think of this good promotion for the last episode, or that spin off show for "RHOA's" "husbands"?

purplediva
purplediva

@ms guilty.  Heck naw Phaedra ain't innocent.  I do believe she was the master mind.  I also believe she has enough since to know she had to get some legitimate businesses.  Smart people living that life, know to get you something legit to mask what's not so legit, but Phaedra is not innocent by no means.  I don't think any of the women that has done time and even the one that was just sentenced is lying on Phaedra and her role in this whole thing.  Phaedra is a smart and very educated.  Why wouldn't you study the laws you breaking?  Alot  people study their craft to know how to better do what they do.  If you know anything about that life, or be in that life you can see through Phaedra. 

BrandyAmos
BrandyAmos

@jaggar1  Why does it affect poorly on all black women? Does Real housewives of Beverly Hills make all white women look bad?

Rell77
Rell77

@LafayeDavis if you were one of the victims on the other end of the stick, would you still have this same mentality of forgiveness?

Susan89
Susan89

@MisterMikey Something about Kandi's Mom.  She's going to be on the show.  I hope she took her medication before she filmed the show.

Emack69
Emack69

@USMarine4024  

nope, it will be too embarrassing for her.  After all, she is a southern belle.