‘RHOA’ Star Apollo Nida Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft and Bank Fraud

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Things are not looking too good for Apollo Nida.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star pleaded guilty  to charges of mail, wire and bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Accepting all charges against him, he could face as many as 30 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1 million in addition to the restitution of the more than $2 million he defrauded.

“This defendant participated in a sweeping fraud scheme that exploited many segments of the financial system, including phony claims submitted to federal and state agencies, loans secured by vehicles, and even basic identity theft associated with stolen checks,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

“Nida and his conspirators were conniving and creative in their scheme to steal victims’ identities and defraud them. The United States Secret Service will continue to adapt its investigative methodologies to arrest criminals who use their technological savvy to violate unsuspecting victims such as those in this case,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

Just last month, Gayla St Julien, who says she was one of Nida’s co-conspirators,  also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 61 months after being arrested in September 2013.

The U.S. Secret Service, working with the state consumer protection agency, caught St. Julien first, then was able to procure Nida’s laptop with tons of evidence that he could not refute.

In court, a regretful Nida said, “I take full responsibility for my actions. It was a dumb situation I put myself in,” he said.

Nida’s sentencing hearing is set for July 8 at 2 pm.

Read more at AJC.com

(Photo Credit: Instagram/Apollo Nida)