Apollo Nida Breaks Silence After Prison Sentencing: I’m Letting My Family Down
Earlier today, July 8, Real Housewives of AtlantaHousehusband Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison plus five years parole stemming from charges of bank fraud and identity theft. Apollo’s illegal activities came to light earlier this year, and he reached a plea deal with prosecutors back in May which culminated in the sentence he received today.
AccessAtlanta.comhas everything that went down in the courtroom, including how Apollo reacted to the harsher than expected sentence and what he’s saying now that time behind bars is most certainly looming. Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., who sentenced Apollo for his crimes, could have given the reality star anywhere from 92 to 115 months behind bars, and he reasoned that he went slightly above 92 months (even with the plea deal in place) because white collar criminals like Apollo tend to have a high rate of recidivism.
According to the site, Phaedra Parks’ husband questioned the longer sentence but ultimately accepted his fate, noting, “The government did what they had to do.” Apollo wore a tan suit to the hearing and was sporting more facial hair than usual.
Although he didn’t express much emotion in the courtroom, Apollo did apologize for his actions in a public statement he gave shortly after the sentence was handed down. “I want to apologize to the victims,” he began. “I want to apologize to my family for letting them down.”
Apollo and his family and friends might be upset by the harsh sentence, but the government seems pleased with how everything went dow. “Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions,” Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, said via a press release.
As we told you earlier, Apollo allegedly created fake companies, which enabled him to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He then opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts. As if that wasn’t enough, he also allegedly opened a fake auto dealership and applied for auto loans in the names of stolen identities. He is expected to begin serving his sentence in four to six weeks.
Do you think Apollo is truly sorry for breaking the law, or is he just trying to save face at this point? Vote below!