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