Locked Up: RHOA’s Apollo Nida Arrested on Bank Fraud And Identity Theft Charges

January 25, 2014  |  


“Apollo Nida arrested.” Surely that wasn’t the headline Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks would hope to be reading about her husband anymore. Yet here we are and this doesn’t look good at all.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nida surrendered to authorities after the U.S. District Attorney’s office filed a complaint charging him with bank fraud and identity theft.

He is currently out on pretrial bail.

In an affidavit filed by U.S. Secret Service Agent Alexandre Herrera, Apollo created fake companies in order to gain access to databases that gave the real names and information of people he was ripping off. Using those names, he then created fake bank accounts to funnel U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds in the accounts.

Herrera’s affidavit lists a woman named Gayla St. Julien as the original target of the investigation but she, in turn, named Apollo Nida as the mastermind behind the schemes while calling herself his “right hand bitch.”  In the report obtained by the AJC, it worked out as follows:

“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 apply 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.

So not only did St. Julien just tell her side of the story, but she also has Apollo admitting to how he swindles everyone?  This looks like big time trouble.

For her part, Phaedra Parks has made no comments and a rep said it isn’t their “policy to talk about the lives of our clients. Should anything change, we’ll let you know.”

Apollo Nida was previously imprisoned from 2004-2009 for racketeering charges.

We’ll be watching this one and bringing you more information as it becomes available.

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  • Teresa Loyal T Walker

    #PrayersUp for Phaedra….I do no care about all the negative comments, I do not believe Phaedra had anything to do with this mess…That woman make enough money legally, AA can make millions doing legal things too. Apollo may addicted to the street life of hustling, but covered it up well…Hustlers are good at fooling people and lying. Therefore, he may have manipulated Phaedra into believing he changed…

  • Nikkita Michelle

    This man has two sons that will grow up without him because he can’t be legitimate. All of the opportunities RHOA has brought to your family you couldn’t have come up with a legit hussle? I guess why do that when fraud and theft is so much easier. I was shocked he wasn’t arrested for jumping on Kenya’s friend.

  • MSXLS2001

    A crook is crook I dont care what color you are, what fame you have. If its in your blood to be a criminal that is what you will be. No amount of money or fame can change the mental instability or personality of a person.

  • ShebaBarb

    This is a sad situation, especially now that their are kids involved. We have entirely too many broken homes in the world and it has and continues to cause havoc in society, seriously. I pray the Attorney was not involved in this scheme and that her hubby lied to her and caused her to believe his business was legit or this story will spiral to an even unpleasant ending as in grandma or someone else will need to raise the kids while parents go and do the time. The hubby is a fine man and for women who like that type of men, let’s face it we can get overwhelmed and drawn in by looks just men do when it comes to a woman. We think you look at the who, what and why but it doesn’t always end up being that way.

  • This dummy did brag on last night’s episode that he regularly drops $5-8 thousand at strip clubs. Makes sense now. Wonder if Phaedra is implicated.

  • Kristen

    Man, this is no joke! The best thing about Phaedra and Apollo is that they made two beautiful boys but because of this she needs to SCRAM and take them with her! I believe because her mom is a preacher and them being so “southern” it would have been taboo for her to have had her first son and not be married. So she married him to keep up appearances. BUT, this was not the best thing to do. She’s too established to stick around him. This is a lot of energy and time that he put into this fraud! He could have been running a legitimate business instead! Obviously he’s not stupid, he could be successful but he chooses to be a crook. Run Phaedra, run! I won’t judge you! That is, unless, you stay!

  • smh

    Last night’s episode made me so uncomfortable. From him talking about spending all that money at strip clubs to fighting Brandon like he was in the prison yard … for the first time I had to turn the channel because it made me that uneasy. On one hand I feel bad for Phaedra but on the other I don’t. I am a firm believer that people who get caught up in that kind of stuff have a hard time leaving it behind because they are used to making easy money. People can change, yes, but I think it’s always there. Sad and disturbing.

  • sha

    Awww DAMN!!!!

  • motorfingaz

    If guilty, he will be imprisoned for the rest of his life. Sad for his family.

  • cassieM2000

    Its hard for a criminal to change. There is no doubt this dude will get at least 10 -20 years. He got 5 the last time. He was on probation so he will get more. If he is not the mastermind and can incriminate someone else, he might get less time. I bet his wife knew nothing. What an idiot he is. Now I believe Kenya when she said he lied on her in Calif.

  • JRoc85

    Phaedra’s husband gets arrested, Cynthia’s husband was caught with ANOTHER WOMAN…. Can’t NOBODY talk about Kenya Moore, & I know NeNe Leakes is getting her life right now! All jokes aside, I really hope that Phaedra & the kids are alright!

  • DoinMe

    I read the indictment and I’m sorry but Phaedra HAD to know-if she wasn’t in on it herself- what he was doing. He stole $3 million! Come on! Sounds like everything Angela Stanton said in her book. Karma is so ugly.

  • Brian504

    He missed buba in the joint, huh?

  • mikki21

    Right now they only got him on the words of….yes a criminal. Before I pass judgment I want to see actual proof.

    • tattoo

      I doubt they arrested him because of word of mouth. Im sure they have s paper trail.

    • Esmeralda

      they have recorded conversations that she had with him.

  • uniquefashionista

    I don’t know if I should be shocked by this or not. You guys all know that Kenya is gonna be all over this one. This is going to give her plenty to talk about for several episodes to come.
    So sad and selfish on Apollo’s part. People forget that when you get married and have a family, your actions are no longer just yours. What you do affects your whole family. Now because of his stupidity, his wife and kids will have to suffer. Apollo will be an old man once/if he ever gets out of prison. Since he has priors, he may not see freedom again.

  • Leah Robinson

    Shady! That’s why people need to stop trying to model their lives after reality people…they are still regular people.

  • oj9561

    WTH ?????

  • MsLadyE

    It’s going to take a miracle for Apollo to NOT get convicted. He should have known better.

  • OnyxPearl

    They’re equally yoked…Phaektra is just as dirty as he is.

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  • SisterTruth

    This is the same thing I was saying the other day about this guy. He thinks he’s so slick, him and Phaedra talking about he has a job….a job like Tommy from Martin!

    He would rather cheat and rob people, than get a decent job or collaborate with Phaedra on the funeral business.

    I hope Phaedra is not involved!

  • MLS2698

    Your pretty-azz better not drop the soap! DUMMY!

  • Leuqar Brooks

    A great criminal knows how to catch an educated woman to mask his ongoing criminal activities. Now did Phaedra think Apollo would catch the holy ghost and stop. We all make mistakes in picking the wrong pretty boy. Apollo is looking for his next victim if this relationship shall crumble. His mindset is corrupted.

  • prettyredbone

    I like Phaedra and all but she had to know something was going on. Like she knew he was a ex-convict when she met him.

    • Darjalon Pearson

      Ppl really believe in ppl changing so maybe she really believed in her husband.

  • Tammie

    I had my suspicions about that guy and I was right. This guy is NO GOOD.

  • Lele

    hmm that explains why he been so distant on the RHOA. He seems smart should have use those powers for good instead. I wouldn’t be surprise if Phaedra knew

  • YoungAfrique

    its nothing more than ..what those wall street bankers do ..ponzi schemes!

  • Yolanda

    What a loser!


    Obviously, someone is missing jail !!!

  • BabyBlue

    Poor kids

  • Wanda Simpson

    This is just too sad, he was not thinking about his family, and who is this chick? his woman?no woman gets that close to a man without their being some kind of personal relationship.

    • LJ

      Must be the woman they said was Kenya at that hotel……makes more sense now.

    • 1Val


      • This should have been expected 1Val he is a no skill male [married to a well educated women] who want to be a “man” the provider, the man of his house, the man that his wife can look up to and admire him not some half of a man errand boy that the TV producers and other men run his house and his wife. And about the other lady he was the “man” he was in charge until the law caught up to them. To make this short all women want to be the women of her house and #1 women in her mans life and and it is in a males nature to want to be the master, the man of his house, the #1 shot caller and when he feels he’s not or have lose his grip he will act out or leave and find him a women who will allow him to be #1 or make him feel like he is the master. Now do you understand why we black men keep running, having affairs calling themselves “play boys” ?

        • 1Val

          Burning Bush what I know for certain is no amount of a woman’s love can make a weak man strong.

  • They are building the case sooner or later something tells me they are going to rope Phaedra in.

  • Deborah Johnson

    If Apollo is doing this, and if he think Phaedra is going to be his lawyer to get him off and she knew he did this before , she need to re-think that they have kids and with her career and famous , people do talk and they talk deep on how well your are in this and how much you know, and also looking in you accounts on how well you’re making money. It’s something Phaedra need to think about. (I hope).

    • Leuqar Brooks

      Phaedra has enough sense not to represent her husband. The Feds aren’t a joke!

    • Tudbee

      R u kidding me? She couldn’t even save Sheree and Kandi, I’m sure she won’t dare go up against the feds.

  • MyBiz

    I wonder if he was fresh as h e l l while the feds were watching!

    • FeelsGood

      Right! Apparently he was listening to too much 2 chains!

    • mika_meek

      As ratchet as this comment is, I love it! Lol


      DEAD! Too funny! I literally face-palmed #thanks

  • Machone

    Why would college educated sisters give these bums the time of day?

    • mika_meek

      She thinks he’s cute & whipped. Not so much, though.

    • Courtney Banks

      Having a college education doesn’t make someone smart. Unfortunately

    • tammy

      Thank you. I say this all the time. Date people on your level with the same mindset. So many black women, college educated or not- date, marry or become the baby mama of the thug, jailbird, or work shy man although they are the complete opposite. Ladies, leave these men alone.
      Personally, I think Phaedra made the wrong power move by marrying a convicted criminal. A lawyrr has to be smarter.

      • victory39

        Have you ever heard love is blind. Everybody have a mind to make right decision is all about making right decision not stupid one’s.

        • tammy

          Is this blind love that has women- black, white, educated, undereducated, hood, cute, ugly, employed, unemployed- becoming baby mamas and looking crazy when he bounces.

      • She got pregnant and to save face she married him. Check the first season she was on. She lied about how far along she was to hide the fact she had a shotgun marriage.

    • PleaseDOBetter

      Degrees don’t guarantee common sense or “street logic”. Unfortunately, common sense isn’t that common.

  • Homeboy

    Black women love them some thug.

    • Felisha Crooks-Sweet

      Not I, said the cat LOL!!!

    • adfd

      Don’t say black women. Terassa from RHO of New Jersey is also going through the same thing. Fraud and the RHW of Berverly Hill. All of them!

    • tammy

      Really. I have plenty of thugs running through my family and they only mess with white girls. Get them pregnant and bounce. Im you can name at least five losers who are dealing with white girls. White girls are visiting their black baby daddies in prison by the truck loads.

  • FeelsGood

    Something tells me Phaedra was in on it. No way in Sam hell she didn’t know this was going on. Apollo has never had a legit occupation.

    • guest

      Remember in one episode she said he was in Asset Recovery. I was thinking now what in the h3ll is that??? Then he was a repo man, then debt collections, personal trainer..She knew something. She is not as clean as she wants folks to believe, She is greazy just like him. Everyone doubted that Angela Stanton but she was telling the truth the whole time. Why you think Phaedra was trying to sue and shut her up? Remember that reunion when one of the ladies said “Angela is back stage in my dressing room!!”…Phae shut her arse right up!!..

      • FeelsGood

        Question of the year: why would she go on national tv knowing that at some point THEY would be exposed?!!! She is an attorney for goodness sake!

        • mika_meek

          Only thing I can think of, they are some real life sociopaths. Think they are smarter than everyone else & untouchable. I like Phaedra, but I’m still suspicious of her innocence.

        • Leuqar Brooks

          They make income from RHOA. Each person has a contract of $300,000 or more. This is money added to their account so they can afford to get them new houses built.

          • SisterTruth

            Ha! Kandi just said that these housewives DO NOT make that much money. They might start out with $2,000 an episode or $5,000 for a whole season. Look it up. It’s a recent Madam Noire article.

            Plus, Andy Cohen himself said a while back that all the articles with hundreds of thousands of dollars salaries aren’t true.

            If they were banking like that, Apollo wouldn’t have needed to do all this crap! They probably moved to Buckhead and are renting their house for show. Yes, I’ve known attorneys to rent houses.

            • Darjalon Pearson

              Kandi said the first season they didn’t make much but trust me they are well into this contract with bravo.

              • SisterTruth

                So, do you think that salary increases by hundreds of thousands of dollars? From $5,000 to $300,000? Where do they do that?

                • rayeraye23

                  They did it on jersey shore.

            • cassieM2000

              You are correct
              They make 2-10 thousand. Nene is the highest paid making 10.

            • Esmeralda

              Kenya is renting because she owns her home in California. She doesn’t live in Atlanta nor does she want to.

    • motorfingaz

      Please Phaedra isn’t dumb. She fell in love with him that’s it, and I seriously doubt she’d risk all she had on an illegal scheme.

      • FeelsGood

        She “fell in love with him and that’s it.” Are you serious with this comment? I digress…

  • Damn is it that hard to get a job and make an honest living?

    • tammy

      Or a honest hustle. He couldve opened a honest business. Start off small. But in Atlanta people front all the time. I have no respect for criminal activity. And identity theft will mess the victims up for years.

      • Exactly! I was an ID theft victim when I was younger and I’m STILL paying for it 7 years later. People have no heart these days.

      • coolyfett

        Co Sign tammy

  • MyBiz

    Well we know what the subject of next season will be. People were skeptical of him and Phaedra stood by her man. She knew what was up. She employs him and knew he was bringing in too much money,

  • Val

    He must have really wanted to go back to prison running these corny scams.

    • cassieM2000

      Isn’t that truth VAL. This is 2014, you are being watched by everybody. What a dumb thug in a suit.

  • Felisha Crooks-Sweet

    Past behavior is sometimes a stronger predicter of future behavior….please say it isnt so. I hope this is old news from his previous imprisonment. If so then why this young man cant do right. You have a wife, kids, beautiful home a show and money. Apolla just doesnt strike me as a mastermind of fraud. Not the sharpest tool in the shed…..just handsome. Phaedra did her best to try to mold him into something.

  • Cdj

    Daaaaayyyyyuuuummmmmm Apollo!!!!!. Sounds like ur about to go down! Smdh….. Poor Phaedra. She may have to raise those two little boys by herself.

    • MiaSara

      Phaedra is a hustler, she gon be alright. She’s smooth as cream and you know what cream does? It always rises to the top.

      • Cdj

        Very true

      • Now I question your sanity if Phaedra is that smart and smooth why did she marry Apolla a no skill habitual criminal offender?

        • Leuqar Brooks

          Opposites always attract; Smart people are dumb when dealing with con-artists like Apollo. I bet half of the sh*t he told her while dating was a lie. Then sex, then a child now a new baby, and it’s too late to look back until the law catches up with your past. Know she can see things for herself and put 1 and 1 together.

          • I hope so because I believe she believed in him and was sincere and wanted thing to workout for them however I must say I hope she ain’t involved in this mess!

        • MLS2698

          I wanna know, too!

        • Andsoitgoes

          Like attracts like. Phaedra is with her equal.

          • Yep I forgot I just wanted to give the women some consideration however it is a fact that women are attractive to men just like them!

            • tammy

              Not me. But too many are attracted to thugs. And bring this mess around their kids while claiming to be good mothers.

              • These women know they need a man to provide security for her off spring and a thug is a man and these women are thinking like the old ladies use to say back in the day they had a saying “a half of man is better than no man at all”. Remember and don’t for get the main role of males is to provide security and protect his female and their offsprings.

                • CourtneyrrR

                  NO man is better than having one , who does not know that he is one. 🙂

                  • Welcome back CourtneyrrR ” a half of a man is better than no man” that was a old saying by women back in the forties, fifties, and sixties before the welfare system came into existence

        • Cydne’ Bonnett

          Because she is crooked to!! Ray Charles can see that!

        • tammy

          My cousin, a habitual criminal with no skills, just got out of jail. Lives with his white gf and her child and works at Popeyes. Im glad he works. But he met the girl in jail and she moved him in her home with HER CHILD. I dont get it. Sacrificing her child for a warm body in her bed. And Im sure my cousin wasnt the first and will not be the last. TOO MANY women are like this.

          • He told her he love her plus he provide security for her and her child right now and above all she is operating in the nature god created her!

      • MLS2698

        What kind of hustle? Naw, cream is knowing and keeping your business in order in the first place.

    • Weaverinpitt

      welcome TO THE REAL WORLD!

  • CC

    Wait until everything is done in a court. We don’t require a cluster of uncle toms criticizing the character of a black man simply due to desire(jealousy). Innocent until proven guilty. Phaedra has too much to lose by being party to this.

    • Renee86

      Normally, I would agree but if they have him admitting to it on tape…its pretty much a done deal. All I can say is wow!

      • E Dionisia Eccoquo

        Your right I was in denial and hope for the best Pheadra and her husband… Then this morning after reviewing all the information and Phaedra’a with no comment. DON’T look bad but it doesn’t look good either… sounds like they reviewing their opt.

    • whhhhr

      so every time some does something wrong who is black if other black people talk about t their uncle toms lol

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Apollo c’mon dude…i know u ain’t stupid enough to do this crap again

    • Cleveland Cutie

      Right! The EXACT same mess! I know Phaedra’s head must be spinning -if she didn’t know anything about this- which is questionable…

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      • Teresa Loyal T Walker

        Why would you guys think he would tell her, he would hide it believe me….

  • Cleveland Cutie

    This is a mess…

  • JaneDoe

    Who didn’t see this or coming!? I feel bad for the kids. All along something between him and Phaedra especially this season did not seem right. When you have a man with a criminal past who is known to make his money his own way and do his own thing come out of prison and is subjected to a strong willed woman like Phaedra on a daily basis that holds all the cards in their relationship; he was bound to go back to the life he knew.. It’s like a drug and he is an addict

    • Weaverinpitt

      I agree! What a mess!

    • Val

      Well put sister!!!

    • E Dionisia Eccoquo

      Yes… indeed….. Kandi’s next with primetime drama with her man….. So many shade went flying this week..

  • RRR

    I knew apollo was a fraud n I’m willing to bet phaedra had dealings w it too. All these ‘businesses’ they have

    • MLS2698

      And this is why I pay no attention to so-called ” rich ” folks with their fancy clothes, cars, etc. Most of them are frauds, and steal on a regular basis.

    • Teresa Loyal T Walker

      Believe me if Phaedra had dealing, she would be arrested. That woman has enough legal businesses and she is a lawyer. She does not need to break the law to make money, she is a self made millionaire already off lawyer money…

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      • nosrednakal

        Sometimes 1 word sums it up!