For people that live "behind the gates" embodying the lives and luxuries on the checklists of American dreams, members of "The Real Housewives" franchise certainly have a lot of….problems. Is this what the American dream looks like? In this week's update on what the "Real Housewives" of everywhere are doing, two cast members from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast are dealing with eviction issues, a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member is off to prison, and Aviva Drescher, the Real Housewife of New York that everybody loves to hate is throwing her prosthetic around in restaurants. True story. Page Six of the New York Post is reporting today on July 18 that the marriage between Phaedra Parks, cast member of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and Apollo Nida may be headed for trouble as a result of his pending prison term.
Wives have a tendency to get a little funny about their men leaving the radar for a period of up to 8 years, as will be the case for Apollo Nida who has been sentenced on multiple fraud counts. The Toronto Relationships Examiner previously reported on this, that Apollo Nida was charged on multiple counts of fraud after a Secret Service sting operation. The United States Secret Service report of Special Agent Alexadre Herrera said Phaedra's husband,
"knowingly and willfully (did) execute and attempt to execute a scheme to defraud federally insured financial institutions by depositing stolen and fraudulently obtained checks and fraudulently obtained auto loan proceeds into bank accounts opened in the stolen identities of real persons, and conspire with others to do so, and knowingly convert to his use and the use of others stolen and fraudulently obtained United States Treasury Checks."
35-year-old Apollo Nida has been sentenced to 8 years, the maximum sentence for this crime. Page Six of the New York Post is reporting today that Apollo is concerned this will affect his marriage, and that things are already falling apart in that area. He said,
"It's hell on wheels. I was going through so much. It doesn't make you less of a man to cry and shed tears. I've shed tears."
Nida was asked what he thought would happen to his marriage, and if he thought it would survive an 8 year long sentence.
"I doubt it. My wife didn't even f**** show up for my sentencing. I'm still salty about that. You know, whatever."
Page Six is also reporting that not only will Nida have to serve jail time, he has also been ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution. The scheme he was running was reportedly a $2.3 million game, where he engaged in identity theft and bank fraud, in addition to making multiple fraudulent claims in tax returns, and with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Page Six has itemized the restitution that Nida will be forced to pay, and this includes multiple corporations and three states. Restitution Nida must pay is $828, 300 to JP Morgan Chase; $127,011 to the IRS; $24,985 to Delta Airlines; $15,778 to California; $45,525 to Connecticut, and $39, 275 to Texas.
Phaedra Parks has not made any public comments about the arrest and sentencing of her husband Apollo. He is not a first time offendor, and has previously spent time in jail for similar infractions. This is one of the reasons he is being dealt with so severely in this case where over $2.3 million was laundered.
Apollo Nida and Phaedra Parks are not the only members of the "Real Housewives" franchise facing legal battles. As previously reported, Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" are also awaiting sentencing for fraud charges as well. In addition to these cast members experiencing legal woes, Teresa's brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa Gorga also appeared in court yesterday.
The New Jersey News reported on July 17 that Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga are still dealing with eviction matters. On July 17, a New Jersey Superior Court made a ruling in their case that may mean they will be back in their home by the time school begins for their daughters.
For these castmembers of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey", their legal woes involve them sitting at the plaintiff's table, rather than the defense. For months the Gorgas have been having a difficult time dealing with what appears to be a contentious tenant.
Since the Winter, the Gorgas have been renting their Montville mansion at $20,000 a month to a man named Kai Patterson.
Patterson reportedly lives in the 13,500-square-foot-mansion as a tenant with his elderly father. The home is worth a reported $3.8 million.
The only pickle with this tenant is the same one that most landlords have. Attorney for "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars, Frank Catania, contends that the tenant owes $185,000. On July 17, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan ruled that he may stay for an additional 17 days, so long as a payment of $25,000 is first submitted to the Gorgas.
Both parties are claiming hardship. The Gorgas want to be back in that home by the fall so that they can have that address in place when enrolling their children in school for the fall. School districts are chosen according to residential addresses, and in order for their children to attend their desired school, the Gorgas want back in that home.
The lawyer for the other side claims that was never part of the agreement, and that Kai Patterson entered into this arrangement on a "lease-purchase agreement and if Patterson were to fulfill it, he buys that house." A matter of repairs on the home is also being asserted by Patterson, as he claims "numerous problems with the house" from water leaking to beavers invading.
He also claims he paid an overdue water payment in the amount of $4,416 that the Gorgas neglected to pay. According to New Jersey News he said, "I paid for a comfortable, functional, and habitable home but got none of those qualities."
Joe Gorga finds Kai's claims of hardship "embarrassing" and accused the tenant of scamming him and his wife.
“There’s people who wake up in the morning and try to make an honest living and people who wake up and think ‘who am I going to screw today’."
Meanwhile, not that far away, "The Real Housewives of New York City" have managed to find a way to live their lives in a manner that is even more dramatic than tenant problems and 8 year prison terms. At least, in some people's eyes.
Last week it was reported that Aviva Drescher of "The Real Housewives of New York City" opened up her "bag of crazy" when she threw medicine bottles and doctors notes at cast mate Kristen when her asthma was questioned. Fans that thought that would be the craziest thing seen by Aviva Drescher may want to think again, as Aviva brought it all and then some for the season finale of "The Real Housewives of New York City."
As US Weekly reports today, both the claws "and the leg" came out on the most recent airing of "The Real Housewives of New York City." In what is likely the first time ever on television or otherwise, a New York woman by the name of Aviva Drescher has used her own prosthetic leg as a weapon against one of her fellow cast members.
The incident began at the elite Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque where all of "The Real Housewives of New York City" were in attendance for the airing of the season finale. And, as viewers could expect, drama was out in full force, and even more intense than anyone would ever imagine.
A fight ensued with Aviva and her cast mates, with the subject of conversation being Aviva's authenticity. To this, Aviva who lost one of her legs below the knee in a tragic childhood accident, responded,
"The only thing that is artificial or fake about me is this." As she said that, she took off her prosthetic, slammed it on the table, and threw it across the room. The camera pointed instantly to the prosthetic leg, heel and all, lying on the floor surrounded by a collective gasp that scurried throughout the crowd.
Yes, everyone that witnessed it was in absolute horror. Other than the appalled gasping, all was silent for the first time ever amidst "The Real Housewives of New York City."
Will the relationship between Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida survive? Or can she do better like many of her cast mates assert? Will Melissa and Joe be back in their home in time for the girls school year? What do you think will be the outcome of the Teresa Giudice sentencing?
What do you think about Aviva's latest? Will we see her return for the next season after this shocking finale?