Former Friend of Phaedra Parks Exposes Her Criminal Past

March 15, 2012  |  

Phaedra better pull out her prayer cloth, honey, because a former acquaintance is revealing some deep, dark secrets about her past.

When Phaedra first joined the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the southern belle’s marriage to “ex-con,” Apollo Nida, was the big scandal in her plot until she dismissed his criminal involvement as a white-collar crime. But now a woman Phaedra supposedly used to run a crime ring with says Apollo isn’t the only one in the family with a criminal past, and she’s exposing all of their secrets in an upcoming memoir, Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil.

Angela Stanton says she first met Phaedra at a party back in 1999 and the two quickly became close friends. They soon became involved in criminal activity as well, making fraudulent insurance checks for more than two years before she and Apollo were caught and locked up. Only doing a short stint, Angela says when she was released, she hooked back up with Phaedra, Apollo, and his brother and they began getting involved in federal racketeering, stealing Porsches, Hummers, and Cadillacs for three or four years and flipping them. Since that’s the charge Apollo reportedly went to prison for, Angela’s story does seem possible. And she also said since Phaedra is an attorney, the agreement was that she would represent her, Apollo, and his brother if they were to ever get caught.

Although Angela was sent to prison for five years for their crimes, and is clearly a little bitter, it’s obvious why she’s choosing to expose
Phaedra now.

If Phaedra was just a regular Atlanta resident rather than a reality TV star, these allegations would’ve never seen the light of day—which is what makes Angela’s detailed account a tad suspect. But now, there’s no telling how many people will pick up this memoir when it’s released in a few days. Sounds like Marlo might not be the only “housewife” with a busted past.

Check out this clip of Angela talking about her criminal past with Phaedra? Do you think there’s any truth to this story or does this woman just want to make a quick buck?


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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