Apollo Nida Charged With Bank Fraud and Identity Theft, Surrenders to Feds — Report
Here's some drama that's way more serious for Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida than what he may or may not have texted to Kenya Moore. Phaedra Parks's husband has reportedly been charged with bank fraud and identity theft and has turned himself in.
Access Atlanta is reporting that Apollo surrendered to federal officials late on January 23 and was charged with bank fraud and identity theft the next day. Apollo was reportedly released on a pretrial bail of $25,000.
Apollo has been charged with creating fake companies, which gave him access to databases of people to steal money from. Apollo allegedly opened fraudulent bank accounts with the real names and then placed stolen U.S. Treasury checks, retirement checks from Delta Airlines employees, and auto loan profits there. Yowza.
The accusations came to light during an investigation of Gayla St. Julien by the Secret Service's Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad. Gayla has been accused of opening bank accounts with stolen identities for the purposes of bank and check fraud. Gayla reportedly "described herself as Nida’s 'right hand b—h' in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes," according to legal documents.
Gayla reportedly claims that the amount of money she received in the operation was "scraps" compared to how much Apollo made. Apollo is also being accused of opening a fake car dealership and applying for car loans with the swiped identities.
Apollo is due in court on February 12. As you may know, this isn't Apollo's first brush with the law. He was in prison from 2004 to 2009 for federal racketeering crimes connected to auto title fraud. Apollo married Phaedra in November 2009, and the couple has two sons.