Posted: 3:48 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Apollo Nida sentenced to eight years for bank fraud, ID theft 

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) received eight years in federal prison at a sentencing hearing July 8, 2014 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 on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Tuesday received an eight-year sentence by a federal court judge for his four-year scheme involving bank, mail and wire fraud and ID theft of more than 50 individuals to the tune of  an estimated $2 million.

He cooperated with authorities, which helped reduce his sentence.

Judge Charles Pannell, under sentencing guidelines, could have given him anywhere from 92 to 115 months. The government was okay with the lower end of those guidelines. Pannell went slightly above the 92 months partly because white collar criminals of his ilk tend to have a high rate of recidivism, Pannell said on the stand.

Nida, dressed in a tan suit and wearing a beard and mustache thicker than seen on the television show, questioned the slightly harsher 96-month sentence to the judge and appeared annoyed after the hearing. “The government did what they had to do,” Nida said before entering the elevator the downtown federal courthouse. When asked if he was unhappy about the sentence, he said, “Whatever the judge gave.”

“Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status.  Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, in a press release.

Nida’s attorney Thomas Bever attempted to get the sentence reduced due in part to Nida’s poor upbringing but Pannell felt that was not a big enough factor given Nida’s age (35).

Pannell did recommend that Nida be placed in a prison close to Atlanta for the benefit of his family, which includes two young sons with Parks. Parks, who Bever said at a previous hearing was not involved in the scheme, did not attend the sentencing.

Given the eight-year sentence, Nida may not see freedom until 2022. Bever said after the sentencing that Nida could potentially get out more than a year early for good behavior and be sent to a halfway house.

Before the judge, Nida said he was sorry for his behavior, as he did in May during the last hearing when he pled guilty, a move that significantly helped reduce his length of imprisonment.  “I want to apologize to the victims,” he said. “I want to apologize to my family for letting them down.”

Nida was in prison for six years, from 2003 to 2009, for a racketeering charge related to a car theft scheme. He began his new white-collar criminal actions soon after he got out of prison in 2009. During his May sentencing, he took full responsibility for his actions but said he did it because he felt pressure to make money to keep up his wife’s high-profile attorney income and “Real Housewives” salary. Given his background, finding a legitimate job, he said, was a challenge.

To help bolster the case that Nida had a tough childhood, his attorney brought up Nida’s half brother Michael Derrick and Nida’s mom Katrina Toohey to speak on his behalf. Toohey tearfully said she was not a good mother and was addicted to drugs. She said Nida saw her not only get beaten by a boyfriend but also overdose on cocaine. “I send my children through hell,” she said.

He was largely raised by friends and family members and didn’t have any real parental figures, Bever said. Nida dropped out of high school and got engulfed in the car theft ring that led him to prison the first time around. “He’s not a villain,” Nida’s half brother said. “He’s a human being. He has a heart.”

Alana Black, the assistant U.S. attorney, told the judge that Nida was given a second chance in 2009 to start his life on the right foot when he married Parks, who had a comfortable income. But she said he squandered it by going back to his white-collar criminal ways. The judge ultimately favored the prosecution on that count.

In 2009, according to documentation filed by the U.S. government when they filed papers against him in January, Nida 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 a woman named Gayla 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. (You can read more about that here from the May hearing and here.)

When Secret Service caught St. Julien, she led them to Nida. His laptop and phone were confiscated last September and that’s how the government received much of its evidence against him.

St. Julien was ultimately sentenced to 61 months, or just over five years.

Nida was released and is still free under bond. Bever said normally, the government will send him to prison within three to six weeks after sentencing.

76 comments
SakinahBrunson
SakinahBrunson

one word... idiot.  Now his family will be affected by his action.

lyrics4mama
lyrics4mama

good luck in the penn pretty boy. karma is a bit(h! this is what lies, greed, and theft gets you. 2x looser

purplediva
purplediva

Apollo is stupid.  He should have gotten 10years for doing that.  When he got out the first time he should have asked his wife for some seed money to start a legitimate business and if his ego was that brusied then offer to pay her back.  Personally I believe Phaedra knew.  She was just smart about keeping herself far from being able to be mentioned in any illegal activities, but I believe she knew.

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all_i_am_saying_is
all_i_am_saying_is

Poor choices.  What's wrong with being a stay-at-home dad?  Especially if his wife was making enough to support the family.   One's upbringing has lasting effects but at some point we have to own the choices we make.

da1cjp
da1cjp

Its sad when people have a chance to improve their life after previous bad mistakes but end up doing the wrong things yet again but yet this time causing his family shame and heartbreak.

2infiniti
2infiniti

What an unfortunate series of events.  Here is a man who made it through an earlier prison term, married a successful attorney, fathered two beautiful boys, had a starring role on a TV show and yet . . . he choose to continue with criminal activities. I'm glad is wife was not implicated.  Sad that his boys will be without their dad for 8 years. 

EXNCDAWG
EXNCDAWG

Apollo is a cutie patootie, and will have fun in prison.  hehe

I just feel sorry for his little boys.  :(

JONBONBON
JONBONBON

What a man what a man what a mighty dumb man.. yes he  is!!


AtlantaGeorgia
AtlantaGeorgia

Judge Charles Pannell, under sentencing guidelines, could have given him anywhere from 92 to 115 months. The government was okay with the lower end of those guidelines. Pannell went slightly above the 92 months partly because white collar criminals of his ilk tend to have a high rate of recidivism, Pannell said on the stand.


Pannel may have said this from the bench but not on the stand.

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

SOME BIG GUY BY THE NAME OF BUBBA..GONNA HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH APPOLLO 

Jerricat
Jerricat

Why did the other accomplice get so much time?  After all, she was just a low level employee and her full cooperation led the feds to Nida.  Apollo got only 8 years due to his marriage to Parks, who is an officer of the court.

JereE
JereE

Aren't there editors at that newspaper anymore ?

The grammar errors in that article make it nearly impossible to read

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Sorry, never heard of either of these folks.  Breaking news?

deb potter
deb potter

Apollo Nida – BLACK male – $3 million fraud = 96 months (8 years) in prison David A. Young – WHITE male – $10 million fraud = 42 months (3.5 years) in prison http://www.sentinelsource.com/… RACISM based sentencing??  

BoyWonder
BoyWonder

This is awesome breaking news.  Simply awesome.  The guy gets out of state prison, and immediately portrays himself to be this ultra successful car dealer.  Uh huh.  That's how real life works - right?  Welcome to Atlanta.  Planet of the Apes.  Now, I'm sure Phaedra knew nothing about the whole scheme (Insert big eyeroll here).  What is she..Sergeant Shultze?  Whoever believes she is clueless is themselves clueless.  She was part of the original car theft - revining scam years ago.  Like Jesse Pinkman says - 'We don't want a criminal lawyer, what we want is a CRIMINAL lawyer"

Buh bye Apollo.  See yas in 8.  Enjoy.  8 looooong years.  I don't think the TV show will be waiting for you when you get out.  Bye now!  There is justice.


MargaretCrabtree
MargaretCrabtree

Hell he blew his second chance when he picked up where he lefted off after he was released from state prison in 2009 why'd couldn't he get a damn job just like the rest of us ex-cons and do right by the system..

missnadine
missnadine

So stupid that he blew his second chance. His wife accepted him as is - warts and all, and what she earned was his as well - like in all marriages. I don't like this show, but I followed this story line and Rodney's blog. Phaedra is not stupid -she knew she would always be the breadwinner here because of his prior felony, but she was obviously ok with it.  What a jerk - leaving behind two small kids and a woman who for some reason loved him. Some people are just dumb. He will miss so many important milestones in his kids' lives. This is a wake-up call for all the women, and there are millions of them, who think THEY will be the ones to tame a bad boy.  

Bionda
Bionda

I applaud the Judge's decision. The guy is a common criminal and not a particular smart one. Stop feeling sorry for this dead beat.

hawkman0718
hawkman0718

Can he take the entire cast with him, along with Andy and all the Bravo idiots?

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

I think he got off lucky.

Back to back felony convictions and only got 8 years.

He will find a better class of people to choose a husband from in federal prison than he did in state prison.


Phaedra not there?  I guess Bravo could not spare a camera crew.  I guess the RHOA fans will have to live with an episode where she simply sends off the divorce papers via process server.

intune
intune

He's a disappointment.

JimmyFiveFingers
JimmyFiveFingers

The animals, the animals
Trapped, trapped, trapped 'til the cage is full
The cage is full
Stay awake
In the dark, count mistakes
The light was off but now it's on
Searching the ground for a bit of sun
The sun is out, the day is new
And everyone is waiting, waiting on you
And you've got time
And you've got time

hill335
hill335

@atlfalconno1fan The prisons are no longer full of "Bubbas" these days.  More like LeShawn, Shartrelle, and Marquese will be having fun with Apollo.  Now they need to go after that wife of his.  I've always heard she's just as crooked as Apollo, just smarter (aka sneakier).

purplediva
purplediva

@Jerricat.  when you do anything fraudulent with the postal service, that puts a whole other level of charges on you

Isabela78
Isabela78

@deb potter Its not a black/white or 3 versus 10 million dollar fraud....Apollo has served time before for fraud and car theft spent 5 years in prison....Given a second chance a BLEW IT..  Young's first offense and going to jail.  You must take those things under consideration.. Judicial system sucks and can sometimes be unfair I will agree to that...

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@deb potter  youre 100% right that blacks get harsher sentencing from the justice system..

hill335
hill335

@deb potter Apollo is a recidivist.  He was in prison for 6 years (not all that long ago) for another con game he was running.

Calel
Calel

@deb potter


Apollos isn't a black male anyway. He's sort of, uh, off-white....beige..

darmyc
darmyc

@deb potter  I am black and race has nothing to do with this sentencing. You obviously forgot the fact that Apollo has a criminal record for doing the same type thing. Please get your facts together before you bring racism into this because you give fuel to jerks like YankePride who try to lump all black people together.

Truth-B-Told
Truth-B-Told

@BoyWonder or WonderBoy.... Clearly you have no clue to who he is if you thought he was a successful "Car Dealer". Welcome to the SOUTH "Land of the Smelly PIGS! I'm sure you have lived a law abiding life, never made the same mistake twice and Jesus is just waiting at the pearly gates to wave you in..... (Side eye look)

purplediva
purplediva

well damn! MargaretCrabtree, tell all ya business!  "like the rest of us ex-cons"?  well alrighty then keep it all the way 100.

Fair Play
Fair Play

Fair Play

It offends me that Apollo Nida received an 8 year sentence for his crimes: but the recommendation for Theresa Giudice is only 27 months and only 46 months for her husband Joe Giudice. It is evident that similar offenses/crimes were committed by each. So how can Atlanta bestow a harsher sentence on Apollo than New Jersey is proposing for the Giudices? They all committed White Collar Crimes. So what is the common denominator here? Think about it......

Again I ask, is this Fair Play? Is justice still blind?

deb potter
deb potter

@darmyc @deb potter Did you read the article about the White male?  Stealing an extra $7 million versus Apollo's criminal background should level the playing field. 

BTW, I am Caucasian and believe in equality for ALL - black, brown, yellow or beige.

deb potter
deb potter

@YankePride @deb potter Your name says it all - clearly you didn't the charges in both cases and assess the situation.  I suppose it is much easier to just mouth off rather than speak on facts.  

YankePride
YankePride

@deb potter Im so tired of Blacks thinking everything is racial..2 different courts different lawyers STOP it OK

darmyc
darmyc

@Fair Play The people you mentioned don't have prior felony convictions. Apollo got the light end of the sentence even though he has done the same type of crime in the past. The max was 30 years and he got 8. Please try and understand before you type.

NewName
NewName

@Fair Play - These are FEDERAL crimes. This has little to do with Atlanta or NJ.


He's already done time and seems pretty unrepentant.

missnadine
missnadine

@Fair Play  Don't compare apples and oranges. He had a prior FELONY conviction. He is lucky he didn't get more. And don't for a minute think that his wife's connections didn't help secure him a lower sentence  - the guidelines went up to almost 10 years! Personally I think all white collar criminals get off too easy. The New Jersey couple should have gotten higher sentences, but Apollo should have as well. The NJ duo owed like $20MM or so? That's disgusting. A person with a bag of pot gets more time then these losers.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@Fair Play 

Neither of the Guidices had prior felony convictions for one.

In addition, fair or not, the Guidices have 4 young daughters.

Not sure if your post was attempting to insinuate that race is the reason for the disparity, but if it was, why not come right out and say so?

darmyc
darmyc

@deb potter @darmyc 

@deb potter @darmyc Apollo has multiple criminal convictions. Can't you get that through to your brain? That is a big factor in sentencing guidelines. You are looking at a racial component that is not there. Sentencing guidelines are set in stone but the amount of time that the judge dishes is not set in stone. If this was racial the judge would not have sentenced Apollo to the low end of the guidelines. Do you even realize that he was facing 30 years and only got 8? BTW criminal background tops ALL because it shows a pattern.

deb potter
deb potter

@YankePride @deb potter Don't automatically assume I am Black because I am not.  Please note both men were indicted by the feds and therefore it has no bearing which part of the country the court is situated. 

And, NO I WILL NOT STOP IT OKAY!

EXNCDAWG
EXNCDAWG

@deb potter @YankePride Appollo didn't learn from his first prison sentence for doing the same thing.  He should gotten more time, in my opinion.

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