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    Default Apollo Nida: Real Housewives of Atlanta Husband charged with Identity Theft and Fraud

    'Real Housewives" Hubby Apollo Nida Charged With Massive ID Theft | TMZ.com


    Apollo Nida
    'Real Housewives' Hubby Charged With Massive ID Theft

    1/25/2014 3:05 AM PST

    Breaking News
    Apollo Nida -- husband of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks -- has been charged with almost unbelievably bold identity theft ... that has now landed him in a federal criminal case.

    Nida apparently caught the eye of the Secret Service's Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad.

    The alleged scheme is sinister. He supposedly created fake companies which then allowed him to access various databases that had information about people whose identity he flat out stole.

    He then allegedly opened fake bank accounts in the names of the victims and then somehow got hold of stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks from Delta Airline employees and checks that were supposed to go to people who had unclaimed tax money.

    Nida has been charged with bank fraud and identity theft and has already appeared in federal court.

    And in case you didn't know ... Apollo's wife, Phaedra, is a lawyer. That should come in handy.

    The story was broken by Access Atlanta.


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    Holy. Shit.

    I know I should just stopped being surprised that there is a housewife from almost every franchise of this show that is either in or attached to deep shit.

    Apollo always seemed like a shifty fucker to me. Anyone know what he's previously done time for? I don't remember.
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    Being involved in some kind of stolen car / selling stolen cars theft ring. And he's still on parole, I think!
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    *UPDATE* RHOA Reality Star Apollo Nida Charged With Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, Stolen Checks, Forgery : Sandra Rose


    Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Apollo Nida surrendered to US Marshalls yesterday on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity fraud. Nida appeared in front of a US magistrate judge at US District Court in downtown Atlanta


    Apparently the reality TV show paychecks weren’t enough for him to provide for his growing family with local celebrity attorney Phaedra Parks. Sources say Nida has been quietly committing major bank fraud since he was released from Georgia State prison back in 2009. Despite being a TV star, Nida never officially retired from his life of crime.


    If you recall, Nida served time in federal prison for altering VIN numbers on vehicles and other sundry criminal activities. His wife, Phaedra, represented him in that case, which was first reported by Sandrarose.com.


    Update: Nida appeared in front of US District Judge Brill yesterday and he was granted a pretrial bond. This is significant because he is currently on state parole in Georgia, and due to the seriousness of his crime the charges usually trigger a state parole violation unless he is cooperating with the government. Is the government planning to prosecute his wife, Phaedra, as well? How much did Phaedra really know? Remember what that book author Angela Stanton said about her?
    Update 3, Jan. 25, 2014, 12:21 a.m. ET: Rodney Ho of the AJC’s Radio & TV Talk has obtained the criminal complaint which details Nida’s criminal enterprises (it’s a lot worse than we thought):


    Alexandre Herrera, a U.S. Secret Service Agent in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad, in a written affidavit, 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.


    The agent in February 2012 began investigating alleged criminal activities of Gayla St. Julien, who he said was opening bank accounts under stolen identities to commit bank and check fraud. The investigation ran until September, 2013. At that point, they found 40 bank accounts tied to her. The complaint provided a sampling of bank accounts totaling about $3 million tied to alleged fraudulent activities.


    The office also identified two fake debt-collection businesses used to “illicitly obtain personal identifying information of individuals.” The companies used LexisNexis and Equifax database inquiries to steal identities. St. Julien was arrested on Sept. 11, 2013 by the Secret Service. She implicated Nida as the man who orchestrated many of the alleged fraudulent schemes. She had worked with Nida since 2009.


    St. Julien “described herself as NIDA’s ‘right hand b*tch’ in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes,” Herrera wrote. She told him she received “scraps” compared to how much he pocketed.


    Nida would allegedly steal real people’s identities and have St. Julien pretend to be them to open bank accounts. She would then deposit fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies, according to the criminal complaint.


    He also opened a fake auto dealership (such as Ferrari Autohaus) and [applied] for auto loans in the names of stolen identities. After the arrest, the agents had St. Julien tape record conversations with Nida in which he explained many of his schemes. At one point, they obtained a federal search warrant of Nida’s vehicle and seized evidence, including a bank debit card in the name of Ferrari Autohaus Inc., cell phones and a laptop computer.


    Nida was previously imprisoned from 2004 to 2009 for breaking federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud. He married Parks, an attorney, in 2009 and they have since had two children.


    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.
    Sandra Rose broke the story earlier today.


    A PR agency spokeswoman who represents Parks declined to comment, saying it’s not their policy to talk about “the personal lives of our clients. Should anything change we will let you know.”

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    Wow. Big surprise. Like he didn't behave like a total douchebag from Day One.

    Phaedra must like her some bad boyz.

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    I can't for a second believe that Phaedra didn't know or at least have strong suspicions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombshell View Post
    I can't for a second believe that Phaedra didn't know or at least have strong suspicions.
    Agreed.

    I don't watch RHOA, so I went to wiki to learn about her and saw this:

    In 1995, Parks met her husband Apollo Nida, who works in asset recovery, () most notably as a rollback repo driver. Nida is a convicted non-violent offender.[55] He served almost 5 months from December 29, 1998 to May 14, 1999 for theft by receiving stolen goods in March 1997. According to public records, Apollo Nida was convicted for racketeering and began serving his sentence July 28, 2004.[citation needed] He served nearly 5 years of his 18-year sentence before being paroled on May 27, 2009.[citation needed]
    Source: The Real Housewives of Atlanta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The guy is a bad person and a complete idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombshell View Post
    I can't for a second believe that Phaedra didn't know or at least have strong suspicions.
    I hope Apollo wasn't using Phaedra's LexisNexis account to further his fraud.

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    Does anyone know how Phaedra and Apollo met?

    If he got out of prison in May 2009, and they married (according to her wiki) in November 2009.... I wonder if they met while she was defending or prosecuting him (in court), or assigned to his case/parole in some way...or though one of her firm partners (defending or prosecuting him, or assigned to his case).

    Anyway, her book should be flying off the selves... Everyone will be flocking to bookstores to read her fantastic advice about life...


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    Oh snap! Look what I found published April 2013 on Bossip:

    Jessica also says that Phaedra has an alleged criminal past:

    “Phaedra was my son’s godmother. My affiliation started with her back in 2000. I met her through my ex-husband at a huge carwash on Peachtree street. [Her southern belle act] is really cute, but it’s a lie. I started calling her ‘faker’ yearsago. You know, just finding out that she was sleeping with my husband, all of the criminal activity that she was involvedin, everything that she had me involved in and everything that she would allow herself to do. Now I do believe people canchange. I’ve changed; however, she’s still a grimey person. She’s still conniving and sneaky.

    “She has her hands in things that people wouldn’t believe that she’s a part of. To keep it real, I’m sure he[Apollo] is cleaner than her. This woman does mortgage fraud, prostitution, all types of things. He didn’tever involve himself with anything like that…”
    “I’m sure a lot of people will come out of the woodworks once my book comes out and I’m sure FultonCounty would like to know some things as well.”


    “When I met her she was on top of her gold J30 Infiniti, beat up, with makeup all in the car, dirty, in a shortdress, clapping her a** in front of Too Short and my husband and several other people at a car wash at 3o’clock in the morning.”

    Source: Friend Of Phaedra Parks Says She Is Involved With Illegal Activities | Bossip

    Her friend's accusations are looking pretty creditable at this point in time

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalMarie View Post
    Oh snap! Look what I found published April 2013 on Bossip:

    Her friend's accusations are looking pretty creditable at this point in time
    OK if you want to go there, let me introduce you to Angela Stanton.

    From starcasm.net

    VIDEO Angela Stanton details criminal history with Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida Mar, 15, 2012 | AUTHOR: Asa Hawks



    Atlanta super lawyer and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks raised eyebrows in November of 2009 when she married ex-convict Apollo Nida, who was found guilty of racketeering in 2004 for his part in an auto title scheme. (You can read all the details of Apollo’s conviction HERE)
    Now Angela Stanton, who claims to be a former close friend of Phaedra Parks, is publishing a book titled Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil in which she alleges Phaedra Parks was also in on the auto title scam, as well as insurance fraud! She sat down for an exclusive two-part interview with Vibe in which she gave a detailed account of Phaedra Parks’ role in the scams. Here is part one:

    Link to Video: Author Angela Stanton reveals her involvement with RHOA's Phaedra Parks in a criminal enterprise



    UPDATE – CLICK HERE for parts 2 and 3 in which Angela picks up with her arrest and talks about how Phaedra left her out to dry.

    UPDATE - After remaining quiet all day, Phaedra Parks has finally responded to Angela Stanton’s allegations on Twitter, stating, “The interview circulating is a lie. My attys @bjbernstein & @LLinWood will deal w/this false & defamatory interview swiftly.”
    Wow! That is a very detailed account! (I’ll transcribe what Angela Stanton said and include it below for those of you unable to watch the clip)
    Normally I’m rather dismissive when “old friends” of overnight celebrities come out of the woodwork with a book making all sorts of allegations, but you are really putting yourself on the line if you accuse someone of committing an actual crime – especially an attorney! And Miss Stanton was not vague at all in her accusations – she provided very specific details, which is usually another indicator someone is telling the truth.
    I suppose we will know a lot more as soon as we get an official reaction from Phaedra Parks. Of course it will all come down to whether or not Angela Stanton has any hard evidence to back up her claim, which if she doesn’t, this interview and her book will have been the worst decision she has ever made, because Phaedra will take her to the cleaners for libel!
    In the first part of the interview Angela Stanton talks about her troubled early life and how she and Phaedra Parks met through rapper Drama, a client of Phaedra’s, in 1999. Soon after, they became good friends, and that’s when the alleged criminal partnership began.
    “After about a year or so, I guess she became a little more comfortable with our relationship and that’s when she introduced me to Apollo. Once she introduced me to Apollo, it was strictly a business relationship that the two of them had. And at that time, they were remaking fraudulent insurance checks.”
    “And of course I was the one that would go into the bank with the identifications, deposit the check, and then go back to the bank and withdraw the money, whether it was $27,000, $30,000.

    ^ Apollo Nida’s mug shot photo (click for arrest details)
    “This went on for about two years, and then I ended up catching a charge and getting locked up for forgery, and I ended up going to prison. On my first trip to prison, I only did four months, but while I was away at prison, Apollo had also got arrested. So when he got arrested and got banged up and moved to County, and I finally got out after doing my four months, Phaedra and I got back together again.
    “This time she introduced me to Everett [I'm not certain of the spelling], which is Apollo’s brother, and we were all involved in the federal racketeering scheme against the federal government – stealing Porches, Hummers, Cadillacs, Corvettes, any hot whip at that time – you name it, we had it. We would basically go to the car lot and write down the VIN numbers of the vehicles that we felt as if we wanted to keep or would make a good sale.

    ^ Apollo Nida’s brother Everett
    “Once we recorded the numbers down off of the VIN, we would take them back to Phaedra and Everett, and once they had it they would make a fake identification card and a registration card to match the vehicle.
    “The next day you could take the ID and the registration card and go to another car dealership and tell them that this is your vehicle and they’ll cut you a key for a fee of $185.
    “Well, once we had the key, we would then go back to the car dealerships after the dealership closed and drive off with whatever car we picked earlier.
    “After that they would get sent off to the chop shop. Once everything was cleaned up, we would take the title and swap the titles out for Georgia titles, then take them to another car dealership, trade the car in for another car of lesser value, and walk away with the money.
    “Everything had been going fine in our relationship for probably about three to four years, until this last incident, and I was seven months pregnant with my daughter. My cousin was going to the DMV to trade in one of the titles [and] she got banged up at the DMV.
    “So an auto theft detective by the name of Pete McFarlane [sp?] questioned her, but eventually released her. When she finally made it to me and told me everything that happened, I immediately called Phaedra and Everett, and my first concern was where do we stand now with the project, and how are we going to proceed?
    “Phaedra told me that we should proceed with what we had. Everett said that we would leave in the morning as well. So we left that next morning headed to Tennessee with three of the luxury vehicles., and this is where I was arrested. This is where Everett was arrested.
    “Because it was a federal case and I hadn’t been in any federal trouble, I went back to state prison, while Everett went back to federal custody along with Apollo.
    “Once I was incarcerated, the plan and the agreement was always that she would always represent all of us if we ever got into any trouble, and that’s what I expected. I expected her to represent me. I expected her to look out for me. I expected her to look out for my children if something were to happen. I expected her to do everything that she said she was going to do because I did everything that I said I was going to do.
    “I never told. I ended up getting five years in the state…”
    Vibe will be posting the second part of the interview later today.
    (If you use the above transcript, please provide a link back as credit. It took a long time to type all that!)




    VIDEO Angela Stanton details criminal history with Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida - starcasm.net
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    Thank You For Posting All Of That Dougie!

    I personally believe that Phaedra not only knew about Apollo's illegal actions, but was involved too!
    The outcome of all *of* this should be interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalMarie View Post
    Thank You For Posting All Of That Dougie!

    I personally believe that Phaedra not only knew about Apollo's illegal actions, but was involved too!
    The outcome of all go this should be interesting...
    I have visions of her sticking to her story even as she's very clearly going down and it's been proved she was involved. We are talking about a woman who still to this day maintains she delivered an 8 pound baby three months pre-maturely.
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    if you are a criminal why would you go on tv and expose yourself like that? weird.
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