Apollo Nida, the husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, has been sentenced to eight years in jail, TMZ.com reports.
Nida pled guilty to mail, wire and bank fraud charges in May following his arrest in January. Nida faced up to 30 years behind bars but received a reduced sentence for cooperating with federal investigators, and providing them with incriminating information. His co-conspirator, Gayla St. Julien, received a 60-month sentence last month.
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According to assistant U.S. attorney Alana Black, Nida opened a fake debt collection agency to gain access to databases full of individuals' personal information. He then allegedly stole people's IDs to find unclaimed funds, refunds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, stole U.S. treasury checks and refunds from fake U.S. income tax returns. He then opened UPS mailboxes and checking accounts using those fake identities, deposited those checks and would then pocket the money.
Nida previously served time from 2004 to 2009 for auto title fraud. He and Parks, who has been on the hit Bravo reality show since Season 3, married shortly after his release. They have two sons together, Ayden and Dylan.
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