The Real Housewives of Atlanta housewife Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, was arrested yesterday and charged with bank fraud and identity theft. These are some serious charges against the gorgeous Apollo. With Parks being an attorney, you have to wonder how much of this she knew was going on and if she will be charged or be disbarred because of this.
Apparently a U.S. Secret Service Agent charged that Nida created fake companies in order to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He then, using their information, opened banks accounts and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts.
Authorities were tipped off to Nida after they arrested Gayla St Julien back in 2013 after an investigation that began in 2012. Investigators found over 40 bank accounts tied to St Julien totaling more than $3 million. St Julien implicated Nida as the one who orchestrated the whole thing, claiming that she was Nida’s “right hand bitch.” She claims she only received a fraction of what Nida did in compensation.
Among the fake companies Nida opened was a car dealership (Ferrari Autohaus) which would use the stolen identities to take out auto loans, in which they would then deposit into a fraudulent bank account. The agents had St Julien tape record conversations with Nida in which he explained many of the operations. Authorities received federal search warrants to search Nida’s car and residence and seize evidence. Evidence that included a bank card with Ferrari Autohaus name on it, laptop, and cellphones.
The U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released Nida on a pretrial bond of $25,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12, 2014.
This is not Apollo Nida’s first brush with the law… he spent 2004-2009 in prison on charges of racketeering relating to auto title fraud. He met Phaedra Parks during the trial where she was his attorney. Turns out Nida wasn’t ready to hang up his criminal lifestyle. The two have two children together.
February will be a big court month for Real Housewives. Teresa and Joe Giudice will also appear in court for their 30+ criminal charges which also include fraud.