Apollo Nida Files Petition to End His Supervised Release
Currently serving a prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida has filed a petition to end his supervised release. In May, he was sentenced to eight-years in prison for his involvement in a four year money-laundering scheme. He cooperated with authorities during his trial, and received the lower end of the sentencing guidelines. He was released on May 27th and has had to deal since then with probation officers.
The history of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star is long and complicated. Before appearing on the Bravo show, he served time in prison for auto title fraud and violating federal racketeering laws. However, his release from prison did not prevent him from being arrested a few years later for bank fraud and identity theft. The judge who sentenced him granted leniency for his cooperation with the investigation, citing the remorse Nida has for his crimes.
Nida, who has been arrested, is accused of creating a fake Ferrari dealership with stolen IDs and obtaining auto loans. His alleged co-conspirator, Gayla St. Julien, opened bank accounts and made deposits using these fake identities. The Secret Service later caught her, claiming that Nida’s actions were part a larger conspiracy. The Secret Service took his car, cell phone, and property while he was on the run.
In March 2019, the Federal Government sentenced Apollo to 8 years in prison. However, his sentence was reduced by one year, and he began serving the sentence in 2014. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in October. He was taken by U.S. Marshals to a halfway house where he remained until November. It is not known if he violated his release conditions. It is not known if Apollo Nida violated his parole.
Phaedra Parks was shocked to hear that her husband had been imprisoned during the last weeks of their marriage. The couple were married for 10 years and had two young sons. But the legal drama eventually led to the dissolution of their union. Apollo was sentenced to eight years in prison for wire fraud. The couple welcomed their first child Dylan together despite this sentence.
During the investigation, investigators uncovered several stolen checks that Nida used to open his fake debt collection agency. He also stole checks from the U.S. Treasury as well as from other government agencies. His fake companies also signed up with the Mircrobilt, Equifax, LexisNexis databases. Many of these checks were deposited in bank accounts under the names of other people.