Apollo Nida kept the excuses for his jailhouse letters. He stated, ‘I take full responsibility for my actions. It was a dumb situation I put myself in. I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things. It’s my fault at the end of the day.’
Apollo has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for charges of mail, wire and bank fraud. Everybody thought he would get more time, since he was facing 30 years. While his mom, and sister were there to support him, Phaedra Parks was nowhere to be found.
According to various reports, Nida used the identities he stole from more than 50 people to set up bank accounts in which to launder the money, cashing US Treasury cheques as well as cheques from the Delta Airlines pension fund and fraudulent US income tax returns.
Rap sheet: Nida has a history of offences, including DUI arrests
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Assistant US Attorney Alana Black detailed the father-of-two’s scheme to Judge Pannell, explaining how he set up a fake debt collection agency in order to gain personal information of the people whose IDs he stole.
He then reportedly found unclaimed funds and refunds from the US Department Of Housing and Urban Development and syphoned them into the new bank accounts, which co-conspirator Gayla St Julien reportedly set up and deposited.
A fake auto dealership was also established in which Nida set up loans for non-existent vehicles.