Saturday, July 19, 2014

Apollo Nida of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison // Ordered to Repay $1.9 Million in Restitution for Money Fraud & Identify Theft

I totally missed this bit of reality TV news: Apolla Nida, husband to Phaedra Parks of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," recently pleaded guilty to a bunch of serious federal charges:
Apollo E. Nida, the husband of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud in a complex scheme spanning more than four years, harming more than 50 victims, and causing more than $2.3 million in losses.
The 35-year-old reality TV personality pleaded guilty to conspiring with some woman named Gayla St. Julien and others to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud, as well as aggravated identity theft. According to federal prosecutors, Nida and his conspirators obtained stolen checks, which they used for financial gain. They were accused to filing fraudulent tax returns in the names of victims whose identities they had stolen. The also secured fraudulent auto loans on imaginary vehicles using faked documents that appeared to come from legitimate auto dealerships.

According to this report, Nida felt pressured to perform this criminal acts because he didn't like that his wife was making more money than him. Of course, his wife has spent the last several years working as an attorney, training to become a mortician, and starring in a successful reality TV show, while he spent several of his early years cooling his feet in prison. In other words, it isn't unreasonable that his wife would make more money than him.

Earlier this month, Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison for these criminal convictions. Additionally, he has been order to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the victims of his fraudulent acts.

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