Reality just got a lot more real for Apollo Nida. The husband of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Phaedra Parks was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for a $2.3 million dollar money laundering scheme. Keep reading to find out why Apollo was lucky to get less than a decade in the clink.
Apollo Nida, the hubby of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks was just sent to jail for 8 years on July 8. He had plead guilty to bank fraud and ID theft back in May and only has to serve a fraction of the maximum time for his crimes. He was busted last year by the Feds for conspiring along with some cohorts to cash U.S. Treasury checks, pension fund checks from Delta Airlines, funneling the monies through bank accounts using over 50 stolen identities and filing fake tax returns among other things.
Apollo Nida Gets 8 Years in Prison
Part of the reason he only got 8 years in prison is that he made a deal with federal investigators. This will not be Apollo’s first stint in jail. He was released from state prison after serving six years for a car theft scheme. But he had begged the court to lower his maximum jail time for this fraud charges that could have sent him away for 30 years.
“A criminal history category of V substantially overstates the seriousness of Mr. Nida’s criminal past, thus warranting a departure from the Guidelines range,” Apollo’s attorneys successfully pleaded on his behalf. “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.”
Real Housewives of Atlanta Hubby To Big House Again
“The government did what they had to do,” Nida told the press at the downtown federal courthouse in Georgia. “Whatever the judge gave,” he said when asked about his feelings on the sentence handed down to him.
But his thoughts on his wife are much clearer. “I think Phaedra, in a perfect world, should be supportive as a wife should be…But if she chooses to derail from the plan, then that’s what she chooses to do,” he told Atlanta radio station V-103 in May. “Whatever’s been thrown at me, I deal with it. I would like to say I would want her to stay around and do what a wife should do. But tomorrow’s not promised.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Apollo get the punishment he deserved?
— Carolyn E. Davis