“Real Househusband” Apollo Nida Enters Guilty Plea in Felony Fraud Case
We hope Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) hubster Apollo Nida digs Day-Glo orange and shiny metal bars.
The sometimes personal trainer is expected to trade in his upscale digs in suburban Atlanta for three hots and a cot, courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud in a Georgia District Court on Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors surmise that Nida — who is married to RHOA star Phaedra Parks — teamed up with a den of thieves to steal checks, file fraudulent tax returns, apply for fake auto loans and make fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The crimes crisscrossed 11 states between 2009 and 2013.
In a criminal complaint filed in January, Nida was accused of creating fake companies that allowed him to access databases containing people’s identities. Joined by alleged accomplice Gayla St. Julien, Apollo laundered his dirty money by stealing those identities and opening bank accounts under assumed names, according to investigators.
St. Julien was arrested in September and almost immediately id’ed Mr. Phaedra as the plot’s mastermind. She was sentenced to five years in prison last month.
Prior to hooking up with the resident Southern Belle of Bravo, Nida was convicted of racketeering and auto title fraud and served five years in prison. He was released in 2009.
Nida’s sentencing hearing in his current criminal case is scheduled for July 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.