Apollo Nida Bank Fraud and Identity Theft Case

Apollo Nida Charged with Bank Fraud and Identity Theft
Learn how Apollo Nida was charged with Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

Phaedra Parks’s Husband is a Fraudster

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the United States District Attorney’s office in Atlanta filed a complaint against Apollo Nida. Apollo is the husband of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality TV star Phaedra Parks. The DA’s office is charging him with bank fraud and identity theft. As housewife Phaedra Parks read the headlines, “Apollo Nida Charged With Bank Fraud,” he surrendered to authorities without incident. Later, he was released on a $25,000 bond as he awaited a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 12, 2014.

List of Charges in the Apollo Nida Bank Fraud Case

The U.S. District Attorney’s complaint charges that:

  • Apollo created two collection agency businesses that allowed him to access credit databases, such as LexisNexis and Equifax.
  • He allegedly used access to the credit databases to steal personal information from several individuals.
  • Then, St. Julien would use the stolen personal information to open bank accounts.
  • Then, she would deposit stolen U.S. Treasury checks, fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen retirement checks, and checks for people owed money from state unclaimed property agencies.
  • Nida created a fake automobile dealership company called Ferrari Autohaus. Then, he used the stolen IDs to apply for auto loans.

The case was investigated by United States Secret Service Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check unit Agents. The Secret Service typically investigates these types of financial crimes.

Mr. Nida worked with Gayla St. Julien, who opened the bank accounts and made the deposits. However, Ms. Julien identified Apollo as the mastermind behind the fraud scams. The Secret Service started investigating Ms. Julien in early 2012 for bank and check fraud. They arrested her on September 11, 2013.

The secret service agent wrote in the complaint that she “described herself as NIDA’s ‘right-hand b**** in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes” but only received “scraps” compared to how much he got. She indicated that she had been working with Nida since 2009.

The Secret Service found approximately 40 bank accounts tied to St. Julien and about $3 million tied to the alleged fraudulent schemes.

After she was arrested, investigators had St. Julien tape conversations with Apollo. This led to the search and seizure of his car and property. Afterward, authorities seized evidence from his laptop and cell phone and found a debit card in the name of Ferarri Autohaus.

Previously, Apollo spent time in prison for auto title fraud, violating federal racketeering laws. He went to jail in 2004 and was released in 2009, just six months before filming began on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Cast Members from The Real Housewives of Atlanta Weigh In

Never afraid to kick someone while they are down, cast member Kenya Moore tweeted – “Losers never win. I have always seen through people, and I was the first to tell you about these people and who they were last season.”

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Update: Apollo Nida Released from Prison

Although Apollo was sentenced to serve eight years in prison, his sentence was reduced by one year in March 2019. He was released from prison on October 15. However, he was back in custody just a few days later. The exact reason the U.S. Marshals picked him again up is not known. He may have violated the terms of his release. He was then released to a halfway house, where the former RHOA husband remained until late November.

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  1. I don’t understand why a guy married to a lawyer and filming a TV show would commit crimes like that, again! Some people are just criminally minded. He’s lucky, because if I was his ex wife, I wouldn’t want him near the kids. He can see them when they are old enough to make their own decisions, and not be easily influenced.


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