RHOA Star Apollo Nida Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

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Apollo Nida, the husband of Phaedra Parks of Real Housewives of Atlanta, received an eight-year sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to bank fraud and identity theft back in May.

Nida was sentenced by a federal court judge for his four-year scheme involving bank, mail and wire fraud and ID theft of more than 50 individuals, which add up to an estimated $2 million in laundered funds.

Under sentencing guidelines, Judge Charles Pannell could have given the reality star anywhere from 92 to 115 months in jail. Because Nida cooperated with authorities, the judge was a little more lenient and decided on a 96-month stay for him.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nida appeared slightly annoyed after the hearing. “The government did what they had to do,” he said before entering the elevator of the downtown federal courthouse. When asked if he was unhappy about the sentence, he replied, “Whatever the judge gave.”

“Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status,” Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, said after the sentencing. “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.”

A separate hearing will be held on July 17 and will determine how much restitution Nida must pay to his victims.

This is the second long-term prison stay for Nida, who previously served time for six years between 2003 and 2009 for car theft charges.

Nida is married to Phaedra Parks. Together the couple has two sons, Dylan and Ayden.

(Photo Credit: Instagram/Phaedra Parks)