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Apollo Nida sentenced to eight years in prison for identity theft and fraud

Apollo Nida sentenced to 8 years in prison
Apollo Nida sentenced to 8 years in prison
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You may know Apollo Nida from the popular hit reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the prison system will once again know him as another inmate.

It was reported Tuesday, July 8 by TMZ that the father of two was sentenced in Georgia yesterday after a thorough federal investigation of Nida's fraudulent activities.

Apollo was found guilty of his four year scheme of laundering money through phony bank accounts of more than 50 individuals estimating 2 million dollars.

Nida was originally looking to serve up to 30 years, but gained a reduced jail sentence after assisting federal investigators with his criminal plot.

According to Radar Online:

Nida created fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts."

This is nothing new for the up and coming reality star, in 2004 Nida pleaded guilty to fraud after obtaining stolen vehicles to apply false vin numbers on and forging tags to sell for financial gain; He served 5 years.

Nida was back to his criminal ways even after marrying his lawyer girlfriend (how convenient) and The Real Housewives of Atlanta's southern belle Phaedra Parks in 2009; Phaedra did not represent her husband and took a seat with fans to watch the drama unfold.

On the Bravo reality show, Nida brags to fellow cast members about how he drops $8,000 on strippers in strip clubs on a weekly basis and proclaims himself as a business owner of a fitness company that we now know he laundered money through.

Apollo can not seem to make it legit and Judge Charles A Pannell Jr. ordered Nida to serve 8 years in prison for identity theft and fraud, 5 years supervised parole and he must also pay restitution that has not been decided on yet.

The fitness fanatic must surrender himself to the Georgia police within the next 6 weeks and as for his wife Phaedra, they have not been seen together in weeks.

Apollo informed Radar Online that the couple are "working on" their marriage.