After more than three months of pushed back court dates and reported meetings with federal prosecutors, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud on May 6, reports TMZ.
Phaedra Parks’s husband was charged by the feds back in late January with bank fraud and identity theft, and was released on a pretrial bail of $25,000. He’s since been in and out of courtrooms, in a move that some suspected indicated a plea bargain was being wagered.
The U.S. Attorney's’ office claims Apollo ran an elaborate fraud scheme that saw him steal the identities of more than 50 people. He’s said to have cashed stolen U.S. Treasury checks, as well as Delta Airlines pension fund checks. By doing so, the feds say Apollo laundered more than $2.3 million through the bank accounts of the identities he stole.
Not only that, but prosecutors claim Apollo scooped up even more money by filing fake tax returns, as well as obtaining loans for cars he doesn’t own.
By accepting the charges, Apollo faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. That doesn’t include restitution for the estimated laundered sum listed above. Judge Charles Pannell has set the sentencing hearing for July 8 at 2 p.m. ET.
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Sources: TMZ, Atlanta Journal-Constitution