'Real Housewives' Star Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Bank Fraud, Identity Theft
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida is leaving the drama and headed to the clink.
He has been sentenced to jail for a four-year scam that included bank fraud and identity theft, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. In exchange for cooperating with federal investigators, he was sentenced in Atlanta district court today (July 8), receiving a lighter sentencing of seven years and eight months instead of the original 30 years in federal prison.
Nida and his wife of several years Phaedra Parks (who is also a cast member of the Real Housewives Of Atlanta) were reportedly convicted of cashing stolen checks, laundering more than $2 million dollars through phony bank accounts. Due to spousal privilege, Phaedra was granted immunity in testifying against her husband. It was reported that Nida begged a judge to lower his sentencing.
His lawyer was quoted as saying, "Mr. Nida’s lengthy but early small-time criminal history is simply not in the same league as the “violent offenders, drug kingpins and perpetrators of far more serious offenses” that Criminal History Category V was designed to address.”