“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida is facing a fresh round of courtroom-related drama.
According to the Atlanta Journal constitution’s Access Atlanta, the husband of “RHOA” cast member Phaedra Parks appeared before the U.S. District Court on Jan. 23. after being charged with bank fraud and identity theft.
The written affidavit, obtained by the Journal-Constitution, claims Apollo is suspected of creating several fake companies that provided him access to people’s personal information. It details that he is charged with opening fake bank accounts using the identities of those people. He then sent funds from stolen U.S. Treasury check and auto loans in the fake accounts.
Gayla St. Julian is named as Apollo’s alleged partner in the scheme. The document accuses her of going into banks and pretending to be the people whose identities were stolen by Nida. Secret Service agents in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad began investigating St. Julien’s activity in February 2012. In September 2013, authorities discovered 40 bank accounts connected to her. She was arrested on Sept. 11, 2013, by the Secret Service, later naming Nida as her accomplice in the fraudulent activities.
The complaint also says agents had St. Julien record on tape conversations she had with Nida talking about the fraud. A sample of the bank accounts tied to St. Julien was included in the document. They hold close to $3 million in funds connected to the scheme.
U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released Nida on a pretrial bond of $25,000, The Journal-Constitution reports. A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 12, 2014.
SOURCE: Treye Green
International Business Times