Posted: 4:47 pm Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Apollo Nida (‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’) pleads guilty to bank, mail & wire fraud 

By Rodney Ho

Apollo Nida (left) may be facing significant prison time after pleading guilty to bank fraud and ID theft on May 6, 2014. His attorney made it clear that his wife Phaedra Parks (right) was not involved. CREDIT: Getty Images

Apollo Nida (left) may be facing significant prison time after pleading guilty to bank fraud and ID theft on May 6, 2014. His attorney made it clear that his wife Phaedra Parks (right) was not involved. CREDIT: Getty Images

Apollo Nida, the husband of Phaedra Parks, today pled guilty to charges of mail, wire and bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

In court, wearing a light-colored plaid jacket, Nida accepted charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million on top of restitution for an estimated $2.3 million he allegedly defrauded various individuals, financial institutions and government agencies. Judge Charles Pannell has set the sentencing hearing for July 8 at 2 p.m.

Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien, who said Nida ran the show and helped turn him in after she was arrested in September, 2013, received a sentence of 61 m0nths last month.

Alana Black, the assistant U.S. attorney, told Judge Pannell Nida’s scheme in detail. He opened a fake debt collection agency to gain access to databases full of individual’s personal information. He would then steal people’s ID and find unclaimed funds, refunds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, stolen U.S. treasury checks and refunds from fraudulent U.S. income tax returns.

Nida had St. Julien open UPS mailboxes and bank checking accounts using those fake identities, deposit those checks, then pocket the money.

Later, he created fake auto dealerships and then get auto loans for phantom cars.

The U.S. Secret Service, working with the state consumer protection agency, caught St. Julien first, then was able to procure Nida’s laptop with oodles of evidence that he could not refute.

Nida said in court that he takes “full responsibility for my actions” and expressed regret for hurting his family and any individuals and institutions affected by his fraud. “It was a dumb situation I put myself in,” he said.

He did provide some context for his actions. In 2009, Nida had just left prison after five years for federal racketeering charges related to auto title fraud. He and Parks married and she soon signed on to be part of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Apollo Nida (right) in a sketch in the courtroom with his attorney Thomas Bever (left).

Apollo Nida (right) in a sketch in the courtroom with his attorney Thomas Bever (left). CREDIT: Richard Miller via WSB

He said she was making far more money than him and he felt pressure to keep up. (He cited a $600,000 contract for her but didn’t say how long that was supposed to last.) Without easy legitimate ways to make quick money, he opted for this illegal scheme instead. But he claimed to her he was running a legitimate debt recovery firm and kept her firmly in the dark.

He said he even had a nervous breakdown at one point over the pressures to “sustain a lifestyle” befitting of a reality show star. And once he started the scheme, he found it difficult to stop. “I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things,” he said.

Nida said he often didn’t think about whether this was hurting anybody because he was primarily targeting private businesses and the government, not individuals. And in the case of unclaimed property, what were the odds these folks would ever claim them?

An attempt to open a legal halfway house fell through, he said, because he was on probation for his prior conviction.

“It’s my fault at the end of the day,” he said.

Parks joined the show in 2010 and Nida has been a regular presence.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” wrapped its season with a third reunion show this past Sunday, drawing a best-ever reunion rating of 4.3 million viewers. The Porsha Williams “Watch What Happens Live” right afterwards, kept nearly everyone around: 3.9 million viewers.

Parks is expected to be back on the show season seven, which should be starting production soon. Since Nida is not expected to go to prison until July, this storyline will definitely play out in front of the cameras.

101 comments
NunyaDamBizzness
NunyaDamBizzness

Trifling BS! Phaedra knew all about what he was doing. So how were they living the life if not? A gross representation of women, she's gross and he deserves more time behind bars. Get what you get for the actions you take!  Tripped over them the other day on some show and he's acting like he's all that and a bag of chips.  Actually both of them acting like that.  How sad!


They are both a joke!

Italianletter
Italianletter

What about the tax money for all that stolen cash??  the  IRS should be involved also. What about the W 2 forms that Phaedra and Apollo have been reporting all these years?

Italianletter
Italianletter

Phaedra really lowered her standards in more than one way for Apollo, she tolerated his disrespect, displayed her bedroom business on camera,  She walked on pins and needles, not knowing when he'd go up side her head, so obvious.  Can't believe she didn't know she married a seasoned criminal ;  He'd cheat at strip clubs and spend much needed money that belonged in the  household. Go straight to Jail, I don't think he'll get a break  either because of his previous rap sheet. Shame on you Phaedra, don't blame "KENYA"

K.R.J
K.R.J

My prayer goes out to the victims as well as the prosecuted this is a no win situation all around people and businesses lost money the family loses a husband and a father i paid no attention to his excuse only to the fact that he owned up to what he has done “It’s my fault at the end of the day,” he said, we all have character defects no1 is perfect i don't care why Phaedra married him some people marry ministers and they turn out to be molesters liars etc we all come with a past some good some bad it's just were not in front of the spotlight where our shady ways are shown so we can blog all day about some1 else's dirt but what happens when their dirt turns into anyone of our realities things happen no1 can predict life me writing this is by no mean excusing him of his ways its just that i understand how things can go haywire from making negative decisions, it's not a racial  black or white thing either this is a people thing human things= He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone............

JayCry
JayCry

What did Apollo do with the money, and want they go after Fakedra for restitution.

drew23
drew23

I think Kenya was right on about Faydra and Applo. They was just frontin! To keep it 100, kenya is tha smartest chick on tha sho. People just dont ralize it yet! just sayin;  Nene and Greg just livin on borrowed time. Candy the only one that got bank. 

caking1234
caking1234

Shame on Bravo for keeping Phaedra on the show for this type of story line. To continue to have Phaedra and Apollo and this story line on the show is sad. This is so low. People will do anything for money. These people took from hard working people. Their children will be known for this. This is slapping all victims in the face by any money they can get necessary!!!! Shame on you Bravo!!!!!!!!

FrancineGarrett-Strown
FrancineGarrett-Strown

really! he is blaming RHOA and Phaedra for making to much money and he could not find a quick legal way ? I remember her trying to get him into the funeral home business and he would not do it  she must love him a lot feel bad for her but she know he was a crook so the odds were against him he like her big old booty so he should be fine in prison


ATLSP
ATLSP

I expect to see that Apollo's "dealings" are linked to the other shady husbands of RHOA. Goodbye losers! We don't want you people representing the good people of Atlanta!

WGG
WGG

Hey Andy Cohen, how about a new spin off series..."The Real Prisoners of Atlanta" You could bring the cameras into the prison with Apollo. Think of all the drama that would create. And as you know, drama = ratings = $$$$$$$

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Bravo and the RHO crew knew they were recruiting the scum of the city for this show. Anyone who thinks this "reality" (lol) show paints Atlanta in a good light needs their head examined.

romeo2
romeo2

This is the problem with a lot of black people we play to much. I know this clowns personally and I know his right hand man as well who also went to prison for five years. Phaedra knew what he was doing and he is going away for a long time. This is the second time for this guy this is what he does. The sad part of this whole story is his kids wont get to know him . That was the lamest excuse for stealing that I have ever heard. The people who run that show knew he was a crook .

youlibtards
youlibtards

no worry Obama and Holder will free him since he is a non violent repeat offender

WannaGo35
WannaGo35

Can't believe Phaedra knew absolutely nothing about this, she never asked where his $ came from? Assuming he took the blame to save Phaedra's butt as well as her law license since she can be disbarred (not that it matters she doesn't seem to be a very good lawyer or have any clients anyway).  Apollo won't be the first though; TI did it for Tiny when they got caught smoking weed so she could stay home and take care of their kids. Bernie Madoff took the hit for his wife and kids who were active participants in his schemes; list goes on.

It'll be interesting to see how Phaedra spins this onscreen because she's normally so sanctimonious, nasty, and arrogant about how "special" she is and how southern belles are so much more classy and better than the rest of us little people, blasé blah blah BLAH. But these actions show that even though she has access to the so-called "finer things" she's still got a ghetto mentality by choosing a career criminal for a husband and having 2 kids with him.

Too bad Apollo didn't just take his wife's offer a few seasons back for them to run the funeral home together. It would've been legal and their family business. Now, two more black boys get to grow up without a father.  Really sad. 

Guess Kenya called it right and gets the last laugh on this one, and I'm ROTFLMAO and twirling right along with her.



Traci404
Traci404

So Pheadra and Andy Cohen... FRUIT OF THE FORBIDDEN TREE...

Amdy get the check book out, since for TV RATINGS, APOLLO felt to the need to keep up this charade.

Traci404
Traci404

If you think for 1 minute Pheadra did not know what he was doing, you are much more stupid than the Bravo TV Network wants us all to be.

Phaedra when was purported to be a BIG ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY when she 1st came on this show.

What Apollo is suggesting is his wife -- didnt pay attention to the acquisition of all these luxury cars, extra money, fine dining, and lavish lifestyle. AND THAT SHE being the most educated of all the Housewives, had no clue what was. Happening in her own house.

Apollo and Phaedra Both knew EXACTLY what he was doing.

THIS PLEA BARGIN has him pleading guilty to a whole lot less than what he was indicted for.

skeeterN
skeeterN

What a pissed poor excuse.......she makes more money than me :-(  Yeah, she worked harder and smarter than yoU......you see the correlation?  Now, go bend over and take it like a "real man".

GodDidIt
GodDidIt

2.3 million dollars and his wife didn't know. Yea right. Well, will she know when the feds come looking for that 1 million plus restitution?

StephyniaBray
StephyniaBray

I guess it's true, when someone tells/shows you who they are, believe them the first time?  Where did Phaedra meet Apollo in the 1st place?  criminal mind 

AlmaFrench
AlmaFrench

I am about sick of Kenya !! I really hope that she is not on next season !! Nene is right , Kenya definitely want to be the main star ! She is a cut throat camera Hog . It is sad that Apollo didn't learn how to stay out of prison !! My prayers are with Phaedra and her family , that includes , Apollo !!!!

Misamisamisa
Misamisamisa

I'm I casting the first stone. Appollo had just finish serving 5 years. He gets out and does a remix of the same shat!

PinkyB69
PinkyB69

@JayCry She kept her assets separate from his and therefore can't be held responsible.

TeeDeeb
TeeDeeb

Kenya is the most educated, but she is not the "smartest."  She got played as a "side piece" also known as a "chick on the side" by at least three men who have appeared on the show; Chris Wms, Walter, and Appollo.  She was the very one exclaiming how "fine" he was and she wanted to do a "threesome" was her signal to him that she wanted him.  --- If she were smart, she would not have wanted Phaedra's leftovers.--  She needs to stop soiling the crown of Miss USA and return to a better life instead of this smut.

PBY
PBY

@drew23 I agree. Kenya is definitely the smartest RHOA. She "checkmates" everybody including Nene (and always looks pretty while doing it).

SusiC
SusiC

@WannaGo35  Grow up! Kenya's a bore and no better! Don't know how she twirls with ashy feet anyway!

Italianletter
Italianletter

@Traci404 Hell yea Mrs. Parks  knew what her husband was doing,  He probably told her to mind her damn business!  Yes I agree she enjoyed that money too, he took the full fall to protect her. The most educated housewife knew every one else's business, And what about the tax statements everyone knows that's due April 15th. The IRS will be notified next. Go straight to jail, under would be better.

etomi.
etomi.

@Traci404  AMEN!  And you know Phaedra was the kingpin since Apollo's IQ is about 75.  No one that dumb could run a criminal enterprise like that and get away with it for so long; he took a plea to keep his wife out of jail and working to raise his kids.

It's f**kery any way you look at it.


drew23
drew23

@Traci404  I agree with you!! They should have been done w the show and the sharaied that had had going on!

1msluckie
1msluckie

@StephyniaBray In one of her interviews she said they met on the highway during rush hour traffic.

Walkdaddy
Walkdaddy

@StephyniaBray if Phaedra would have gone to a sperm bank and selected an intelligent sperm donor who wasn't a criminal maybe she would have improved her sons chances from following in their fathers footprints.

ChandaGraham
ChandaGraham

@AlmaFrench My prayers are for the victims of his crimes.  Self-righteous Phaedra can do her own praying.

GayleS
GayleS

@AlmaFrench My prayers are with the elderly and poor people who's social security, pension checks and identities he stole.  And with his adorable and precious children.  This has nothing to do with Kenya.  

GodDidIt
GodDidIt

@AlmaFrench Chile Please! Nene can't talk about anybody. She's just scared Kenya is going to do to her what she's done to everybody on the show but Kenya and Kandi. Sitting up there grinning because she was able to get Porsha and Phaedra to help her gang up on Kenya. All four of them need to pay Kenya for giving them a storyline (nene, phayphay, dumbo and dumbo-etta). Bye Felicia  

etomi.
etomi.

@Iluvnutella @WannaGo35  Wrong color?  What exactly do you mean?  Plenty of those of the right color that you refer to have African American lineage.  Put that in your pipe and shove it...well. you know where...dumbass.


TSTP
TSTP

Iluvnutella @WannaGo35 What’s the right skin tone? racist statement.... considering Black people built this country upon the backs of slaves, including Georgia...

sinsinsin
sinsinsin

@Walkdaddy @StephyniaBray

I have never been happier to see someone eat as much humble pie as this woman is about to eat......with all the vitriolic poison that spewed from her nasty mouth at that reunion no one deserves as much pain as she is about to feel

etomi.
etomi.

@GodDidIt @AlmaFrench  Porsha and Cynthia were not invited back for the next season, probably because they can no longer sustain the appearance of affluence the show was striving for.  Evidently, Kenya has some money socked away, and she is a drama queen -- so she'll be back.  Only Shadedra, Kenya, Kandi and Flicka -- I mean NeNe -- will be returning.


ShiningStar
ShiningStar

@sinsinsin @Walkdaddy @StephyniaBray  And I have to agree with you on that. She's always talking sh*t about Kenya not having a man, and now she won't have one either. She only had half of a man to begin with. What is she going to say now...I'm loving it.  When you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas. I just hate to see those precious little boys grow up without a father. 

PBY
PBY

@drew23 @CrisV@StephyniaBray 

As much as I hate to say it, the same crossed my mind. Considering how accomplished she is and how little he brought to the table,  I wondered if Phaedra is one of those pathetic people with the "colorstruck" disease.  After all, that ailment does not discriminate. Anybody, including very accomplished people, can have it.

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