Apollo Nida arrest update: Woman says she worked with star to steal identities
Apollo Nida arrest update
More details have emerged on the arrest of Apollo Nida. As previously reported, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks turned himself in to authorities Thursday on charges of bank fraud and identity theft. He has since been released on a pretrial bond.
Now new details have emerged via official court documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. In the documents, Nida’s apparent accomplice is identified as a Fairburn, Ga., woman named Gayla St. Julien. St. Julien was arrested in September 2013 after being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service’s counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad.
In a written affidavit and agent claimed that Nida created fake companies, including a fake auto dealership named Ferrari Autohaus, to gain access to databases to find individuals to rip off. St. Julien implicated Nida as the brains behind the shameless money schemes and told authorities she was his “right hand b—.” The fellow ripoff artist alleges that she and Nida had been working together since 2009. Nida was imprisoned from 2004 to 2009 for breaking federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud. He married attorney Phaedra Parks who represented him during his trial, later that year.
St. Julien says she deposited fraudulent checks, stole U.S. Treasury checks and stole retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees. There is also evidence that the twosome created two fake debt collection agencies and pocketed close to nearly $3 million in stolen funds.
After St. Julien was arrested, she worked with authorities to tape conversations with Nida in which he explained many of his schemes. Police later obtained physical evidence of his alleged crimes, including a bank debit card and laptop computer.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12, 2014.
So far, neither Apollo nor Phaedra have commented on his arrest. The brazen reality star recently tweeted about his “Phine Body” workout DVD.
— Apollo Nida (@apollonida03) January 25, 2014