Phaedra Parks 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 was surrendering to authorities without incident. Later, he was released on a $25,000 bond as he awaits 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 a number of 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 who were owed money from state unclaimed property agencies
- Nida created a fake automobile dealership company called Ferrari Autohaus and used the stolen ID’s to apply for auto loans
Agents in the United States Secret Service Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check unit investigated the case. The United States Secret Service typically investigates these types of financial crimes.
Mr. Nida was working with another individual, Gayla St. Julien, who actually 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. In addition, they discovered about $3 million tied to the alleged fraudulent schemes.
After she was arrested, investigators had St. Julien tape conversations with Apollo. As a result, it led to the search and seizure of his car and property. Afterward, authorities seized evidence from his laptop and cell phone and also found a debit card in the name of Ferarri Autohaus.
Previously, Apollo spent time in prison for auto title fraud in violation of federal racketeering laws. He went to prison 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 last season about these people and who they really are.”
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Update: Apollo Nida Released from Prison
Although Apollo was sentenced to serve a total of 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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