On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the United States District Attorney’s office in Atlanta filed a complaint against Apollo Nida, husband of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality TV star Phaedra Parks, charging him with bank fraud and identity theft. Apollo surrendered to authorities without incident. He was released on a $25,000 bond as he awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 12, 2014.
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 person 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
The case was being investigated by agents in the United States Secret Service Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check unit.
The United States Secret Service who 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 and about $3 million tied to the alleged fraudulent schemes.
After she was arrested, investigators had St. Julien tape conversations with Apollo, which led to the search and seizure of his car and property. Authorities seized evidence from his laptop and cell phone and also found a debit card in the name of Ferarri Autohaus.
A Troubled Past
Apparently, Apollo didn’t learn his lesson from the time he spent in prison for auto title fraud. He spent from 2004 to 2009 in prison for breaking federal racketeering laws. He was released in 2009, just six months before filming began on their first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Cast Members Weigh In
Never afraid to kick someone while they are down, especially when she can use it to promote herself, professional narcissist and 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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