Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida was charged with bank fraud and identity theft on Friday. Apollo surrendered to federal officials Thursday. He was charged and U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released the reality star on a pretrial bond of $25,000. RadarOnline reports that in a written affidavit obtained by the Atlanta Constitution, U.S. Secret Service Agent in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad, Alexandre Herrera, charged that Nida created fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts.
Apollo was implicated during an investigation into Gayla St. Julien who Herrera said was opening bank accounts under stolen identities to commit bank and check fraud.
According to the affidavit, St. Julien “described herself as Nida’s ‘right hand b****’ in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes.” She told Agent Herrera she received “scraps” compared to how much Nida pocketed for himself.
Nida also allegedly opened a fake auto dealership and applied for auto loans in the names of the stolen identities.
The criminal complaint against Nida was filed and a warrant was issued on January 21st. “From on or about September 1, 2010 in Fulton County, in the Northern District of Georgia, and elsewhere, defendant did, knowingly and willfully execute and attempt to execute a scheme to defraud federally insured financial institutions by depositing stolen and fraudulently obtained checks and fraudulently obtained auto loan proceeds into bank accounts opened in the stolen identities of real persons, and conspire with others to do so, and knowingly convert to his use and the use of others stolen and fraudulently obtained United States Treasury Checks, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section(s) 641, 1028A, 1344 and 1349.”
Continued: “There is probable cause to believe that NIDA has committed violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641 (embezzlement, theft and conversion of public money); Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A (aggravated identity theft); Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344 (bank fraud); and Title 18, United States Code, and Section 1349 (conspiracy).”
This is not Nida’s first run-in with the federal government. He spent five years in prison (2004-2009) for violating federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud.
His first court date is set for February 12th.
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